Can we all start by cooling off and noticing that the link OP posted is about books challenged, not banned? Your crazy aunt can challenge a book in the US. A challenge can lead to a ban, but usually doesn't.
THANK YOU! I was really getting pissed at all the people going "Lol, stupid Americans, banning all teh books." without even realizing that no where did it say that any of the books on the list were banned. Hell, I was able to find more than two-thirds of those books at my high school library (along with my local library), and it wasn't that big of a library. Shit, they even had a book there about anime that had a whole bunch of graphic pictures from Grave of the Fireflies
and a few hentais.
Professor James said:
The second issue is that some of these choices are just beyond stupid for censoring (Bridge to Terabithia, Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, A light in the attic, and Goosebumps are some of the more shocking choices) what are the problems with these books? ... Can someone provide some insight on this?
Bridge to Terabithia has a child die, Captain Underpants umm... it's a 40-something fat guy running around in his undies (also, a school lost their shit when a kid dressed up as him for Halloween, even though no naughty bits were exposed in the slightest), Harry Potter because it 'promotes witchcraft and devil worship', A Light in the Attic... ok, I don't think I've heard of that one so I can't say, and Goosebumps probably because of devil worship as well or something similar. Their Wikipedia pages should say why.