Loathed by parents but loved by their children, Alvin Schwartz’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ series has inspired, and at times downright terrified, young readers for almost 40 years.
The series has had its fair share of controversies and criticisms and was listed by the American Library Association as being the most challenged series of books from the 1990's, and seventh most challenged from the 2000's. The hair-raising artwork by artist Stephen Gammell that graces the pages of the books have also contributed to the series’ controversial nature. But it’s this controversy and this taboo effect that has motivated children and young adults to embrace the book series, to show the adults in their life that they are self-determined and to demonstrate that they have the courage to handle the book’s darkest themes.Through reading the book, at times against the wishes of their parents, generations of readers have risen through this small act of rebellion and sparked a sense of independence that would inspire them for the rest of their lives.
In honor of ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ we’d love to hear stories of your small acts of rebellion and what inspired them. Did you get caught or did you get away with it? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.
With guest host Libby Denkmann
Christopher Bryan, assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, where he studies psychological influence, behavioral decision-making and political psychology with a focus on how psychology relates to social and public policy