Banned Book Week starts on Sunday. A week to raise awareness on the fact that freedom of speech is often challenged and that by allowing freedom of expression and press, we all succeed.
Many people don’t realize that children’s books are often as challenged as many teen and adult titles.
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford
Why: The book was banned and then reprinted because it originally showcased a topless beach-goer (not like anyone could find her if they tried, though).
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Why: Everyone’s favorite childhood book was banned from a public library in Colorado because it was considered “sexist.” It was also challenged by several schools because it “criminalized the foresting agency.”
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Why: Talking animals are somehow considered an “insult to god,” resulting in this book’s banning throughout random parts of the United States. Several institutions in Turkey and the UK have also banned the book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims. Other institutions claim that the book revolves around Nazism.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Why: Similar to Winnie-the-Pooh, this book was banned in Kansas because talking animals are considered an “insult to god.”
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Why: Apparently there are references to sexual fantasies and masturbation in this book, resulting in its ban from classrooms in New Hampshire. Since this original banning, the book has been challenged by thousands of other institutions, most famously in the 1960s in fear that it would promote drug use to children.