Once known as the falling sickness, the Ancient Greeks saw
Sometimes adults don’t read and ban books (or ban movies) based on what they think the books are about, and in return, children have to suffer the pain of not learning and exploring new worlds and ideas. If the adults only taught children, then small town minds and narrow-minded people wouldn’t have banned these children’s books.
- Harry Potter. The widely popular young adult series was banned in many cities throughout the United States for promoting witchcraft.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The young adult novel was banned in some Chicago School Districts for being sexually explicit.
- Winnie the Pooh. The popular children’s book was banned in a few areas in the United States because it featured talking animals, which apparently is godless.
- The Giving Tree. Public libraries in Colorado banned the “Giving Tree” for being sexist.
- In The Night Kitchen. The children’s book from Maurice Sendak was banned in a few libraries for featuring a little boy’s naked genitalia during a surreal dream sequence.
- And Tango Makes Three. Focus on the Family continues to ban the children’s picture book because it features two male penguins raising a baby penguin together in New York Central Park Zoo. It’s also based on a true story.
- Where’s Waldo? The original puzzle book from 1987 was banned because it featured an image of a topless woman on a beach. It was re-printed without the naked woman.
- Harriet The Spy. Several schools in the United States banned Harriet The Spy because it “promoted” children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse. Many felt that Harriet was a bad example for children.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The Texas State Board of Education banned the book when they believed that philosopher Bill Martin, the author of “Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation,” wrote the picture children’s book. In reality, Bill Martin, Jr., who has no relation to Bill Martin, wrote the book.