There are so many incredible children’s books on the shelves of many stores. Some of my favorites are still favored by children today. But what you probably didn’t know is that a lot of those classic books are banned in some states in America.
In 2010, The Texas State Board of Education briefly banned this picture book after confusing its author, Bill Martin, Jr., with philosopher Bill Martin, author of ‘Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.’
In 1928, all public libraries in Chicago banned The Wizard Of Oz because of its “ungodly” influence “for depicting women in strong leadership roles.” Also in 1957, the Detroit Public Library banned the book for having “no value for children of today.”
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was banned in Colorado for “poor philosophy of life.” Since 1964, the book was under fire for comparing the Oompa Loompas to Africans. The characters’ descriptions were later changed in an edited version in 1988.
In 1989, a California school district banned The Lorax and claimed that it “criminalized the foresting industry”.
Alice In Wonderland – Apparently there are references to sexual fantasies and masturbation in this book, therefore being banned in classrooms in New Hampshire. This book was also challenged in the 1960s, in fear that it would promote drug use to children.
In 2006, Charlotte’s Web was banned in Kansas because talking animals are considered an “insult to god”.
A Bridge To Terabithia – In 1996, it was removed from several classrooms in Pennsylvania on accounts of “profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion.” The book has also been banned by other schools for its use of the phrases “Oh Lord” and “Lord”.
Winnie The Pooh – In 2006, several institutions in Turkey and the UK banned this book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims. Other institutions claim that the book revolves around Nazism.
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