NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Central Standard

Banned And Challenged Children's Books

Creative Commons

Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series recently received the dubious distinction of topping the American Library Association's list of most-challenged books of 2013. With the author on his way to Kansas City, Central Standard took a look at what makes some of the most-challenged books so controversial. We also explored the purpose and responsibility of children's books, asking whether we expect something of children's literature that we don't expect of books written for adults. "For children," said our guest, "literature is the beginnings of the world."

Dav Pilkey will make public appearances with collaborator Dan Santat about Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot at the Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library. Both appearances take place on Thursday, May 8. Find information about the morning event here, and the evening event here.


Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.