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Children’s Book Classics I Want Banned

So I have this new post up on my Babble Voices Blog about my least favorite children’s books.

My vote for Most Boring


For example you will find my take on Goodnight Moon: This book doesn’t have a disturbing message. My main problem with it is that it’s criminally boring. I know it’s a classic. But why? To me it’s the Emperor’s New Clothes – we’re supposed to like it but no kids actually do. What’s interesting about it? Just an old lady whispering hush. Why is she whispering hush? She’s all alone! Is she an off duty librarian? Are the socks and mittens trying to study? No? Then why do we have to hush? Go brush your fucking hair and go to bed and let us do the same with a more interesting book.

I kept the Babble post short and only mentioned five books but there are so many more and I’m a little obsessed with this topic. It’s mostly the classic books that I feel like I’m supposed to like but often don’t. I know it’s not exactly a political issue but why do I feel like admitting you don’t like Goodnight Moon is up there with saying you didn’t breastfeed? It’s almost as if copping to my real feelings about Goodnight Moon is in essence turning my back on nostalgia. But hey, I’m nostalgic, trust me. Give me Sylvester and the Magic Pebble any day! I’d kick you in the eyeteeth to get to the last bookstore copy of Lyle Lyle. My kids own Free To Be You and Me and I’ve listened to that bitch on my own time. I’m definitely nostalgic. I just don’t get the appeal of Goodnight Moon and that’s the last you’ll hear me defend myself. Check out my Babble Banned Book Picks and then let me know what books you recommend or which ones you can’t stand.

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on September 1, 2011 2:06 pmUncategorized11 comments  


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