It’s Banned Books Week once again, the American Library Association’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. As you might imagine, LGBT-inclusive children’s books are high on the list of works that have people have tried to have removed from libraries and schools across the country.
Each year, the ALA tracks the books that have garnered such challenges. And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins who raise a chick together, has topped the list in both 2006 and 2007.
Not yet on the list, but sure to be included when the 2008 challenges are totaled after the end of the year, is Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, about two gay guinea pigs and their niece. I’ve written about this book and its challenges several times before.
Uncle Bobby can at least take comfort that he is not the first furry creature to face controversy over his nuptials. The Rabbits’ Wedding, Garth Williams’ 1958 story of a black and a white rabbit who marry, caused something of an uproar in the South at the time, where it was removed from libraries or transferred to reserve shelves because people saw it as promoting interracial marriage.
Plus ça change. . . .
What are your favorite challenged books? Does Harry Potter really make you want to abandon a mainstream faith and turn to witchcraft? If so, is that really such a bad thing?