Friday, February 17, 2012

Subversive Children's Books

Today's post is a reprise due to another stupid migraine. It originally appeared in my other blog written for a creative writing class.

The Today show did a segment on subversive children's books. Some that made the list:

Where the Wild Things Are
Harriet the Spy (one of my favorites)
The Story of Ferdinand
Yertle the Turtle (Dr. Seuss)
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (no, this is not my memoir) :-)

What children's book would you add to the subversive list?


  1. Hi Melanie, i wanted you to know that I did stop by. Please forgive that I do know think I know of subversive books. Sigh!

    By the way, I hope your migraine lightens up on you. :)

    Big hugs, Amiga!

  2. In Laytonville about thirty years ago, we had a huge flapdoodle over the "Lorax" that went national. Parents with ties to the timber industry, wanted it banned from the third-grade reading list. (You know how subversive those third graders are.) The teachers said, "No way," and the fight of the century was on within our community.

  3. The battles over books never cease to amaze me. Must watch those third graders, for sure. The FBI probably has files on all the little ones. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I want Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type to be MY memoir. I can't think of anything particularly subversive off the top of my head, but I am endlessly fascinated and often dismayed by what others consider subversive and outright distressed by their tendency to want to impose their tastes upon others (including, especially third graders).

  5. I love, LOVE Click Clack Mooo!!!!!

  6. I don't know what makes a book subversive - especially in childrens literature but I do love Harriet the Spy!