Here are a few banned and "objectionable" books that I have enjoyed and that did not corrupt me. I also included when or where I read them.
  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Stienbeck
    High school
  3. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
    High school
  4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    About three years ago
  5. Native Son by Richard Wright
    High school. Certain parts of this book have stayed with me for 30 years.
  6. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
    In college and many times after. Loved this book!
  7. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    High School. I'll be honest. The blurb made it sound sexier than it was. I was disappointed.
  8. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Childhood and to my own kids and students.
  9. Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss
    All my life. This ban was about two years ago in Toronto because someone thought it encouraged violence towards fathers. It was reinstated. I can't believe anyone had an issue with this.
  10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni
    Read it about seven years ago. This book was challenged about two years ago but, not removed from the shelf. Even though the challenge was that it desensitized violence. I actually think it has more to do with showing that there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim.
  11. The White Swan Express:A Story of Adoption by Jean Davies Okimoto and Elaine M. Aoki
    First read about 13 years ago and one of our favorite books! Not banned in America but, Singapore where homosexuality is banned. There is a lesbian couple who adopt in the book.