It's Banned Books Week! (Sept 22-28)
So what does it mean for a book to be challenged or banned? "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials" (BBW Press Kit).
Some challenged and/or banned children's books include:
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Strega Nona: An Old Tale by Tomie DePaola
- The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
- The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
- Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
- Mommy Laid an Egg: or Where Do Babies Come From? by Babette Cole
- Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Curious about other books that have been challenged or banned?
Check out the lists of frequently challenged books created by the American Library Association.