With #BannedBooksWeek upon us, I am looking at a variety of banned books on Instagram and my blog. It’s hard to imagine poetry without thinking of Shel Silverstein and A Light in the Attic, but some people have thought his poems were pretty controversial. The poem How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes was used as reasoning for getting his book banned in multiple counties in four states because it encouraged kids to break dishes. Other poems were thought to encourage messiness, disobedience, violence, and disrespect. People often complained that the book contained pornographic pictures, as well. The poem Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony was, also, troublesome for its depiction of a girl who died upon not getting her pony. This book of poetry, that many of us grew up with, was actually listed in the top 100 of banned books for multiple years.  When I first read his poems as a kid, I don’t remember ever feeling encouraged to rebel or become violent, I just remember laughing at the genius behind the rhyme and the rhythm of an adult who could so perfectly understand what it meant to be kid. These quirky poems spurred my imagination as they perfectly encapsulated childhood.

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