Challenged Works

Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts: The Subversive Folklore of Children

By Josepha Sherman and T.K.F Weisshopf (1995)


2000—A teacher from a private school in Kingston (ON) complained about the single copy of this book held by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library in its children’s collection. She said that the book was better suited to the library’s adult collection. The 248-page collection of street rhymes and folk tales was drawn from the authors’ research with children in the U.S. and Canada.
Objection—The teacher said the book was inappropriate for children because it contains rhymes on “how to get girls pregnant, put-downs of homosexuals, racism and profanity.”
Update—An editorial in The Kingston Whig-Standard said that the book belonged in the adult section of the library, but the library board unanimously supported its staff and decided to leave the book in the children’s section.

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