Top Ten Tuesday: Banned Books on Ollie’s Shelf!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week is Top Ten Genre Freebie (Pick a genre and build a list around it. It could a list of favorites, a to-read list, recommendations for people interested in reading books in that genre, “if you like this, try this”, etc.)

How is this the last Tuesday in February already?! I am so glad because I need Spring to get here asap! This week I’m going to talk about Banned/Challenged Books on my son’s bookshelves. I was inspired by my son’s READ ACROSS AMERICA theme this week. They are celebrating the importance of reading and get to do fun school day outfits. What is happening in Florida is not okay! Diversity is important and READING IS SO NECESSARY. I don’t want to get political.. I just think it’s important that we allow our children a variety of books! ❤ Please no nasty comments… this is not a political post!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of our favorites. It has been banned for promoting the occult. WHAT. My son’s whole room and baby shower theme was this book!! We love it so much and it’s so full of imagination.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry is such a wonderful book! I cannot believe this one made the list either.

Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford. I remember putting these out for Banned books week at the library and they flew out to door so fast. It was banned for a “nude” woman on the beach. lol

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I think the reasoning is so dumb. I mean… most of the reasons are pretty dumb but because it criminalizes the foresting industry.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstine. We have this one and it’s been a while since we’ve read it. It was banned for sexist reasons.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o. We love love love this book! I found it on a couple of lists but no reasoning why. Not sure if it’s challenged but regardless.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. This one is banned because of the talking animals and its insult to God. It’s fiction… fiction.

I can’t wait to see what other topics I find today! Leave your link down below and let’s chat!!

70 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Banned Books on Ollie’s Shelf!

    • Exactly!!! If you don’t like it or have a problem the don’t read it. Don’t let our views shape what my views should/shouldn’t be!! Everyone needs to mind their own business!! Especially, when it comes to books!! lol

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  1. The whole idea of books being banned just seems so completely odd to me, it’s not really a thing here in the UK which I am very grateful for! I did a Banned Books list last year and also had Charlotte’s Web on it and I was appalled at the reasoning why, it just seems so ridiculous to me, especially as Charlotte’s Web was one of my favourite books as a kid.
    My TTT:

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  2. This is such a great topic! The fact that books are being banned makes me so mad, especially when I see the reasons why. They don’t make any sense – it makes me think that maybe if the people doing the banning spent more time reading books, they’d be banning less of them. And I love that you encourage reading in your house, especially of these amazing books.

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  3. Banning books is so ridiculous, I can’t imagine my kids never having a chance to read Where the Wild Things Are or their favorite, The Lorax. My daughter just made trufulla trees in her Kinder class since it is Dr. Seuss week – but yeah, my mind is always blown when I see what books they try and ban. The Giving Tree was my favorite as a kid and still as an adult. Great TTT topic!

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    • Absolutely, totally agree! It’s ridiculous how much they try to censor and for the dumbest reasons. Most of Dr. Seuss books are banned, which is crazy! I can’t imagine my kids not knowing these stories. The Giving Tree is a good one!!

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  4. I am also shocked that some of these (ANY OF THESE) made the list! People ban/challenge books for the most ridiculous reasons.

    Thanks for bringing these to my attention. This is a great idea for a freebie topic!

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  5. Yes, yes yes!! Great topic choice. My kids are no longer small so I feel out of touch with children’s books nowadays, but I did read almost all of these with my kids. And being down here in Texas where so many of the bans have been happening, I’m appalled. I homeschooled my kids, and one of the reasons was so I could read them whatever I wanted to. And teach them the correct history. 😃

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