Famous Banned Books

Many people think that book banning is something that only happened in the past. But in 2011 alone, 326 attempts to ban books were made! Probably the most famous books banned in recent years were the Harry Potter and Twilight series. The reason given for censoring the phenomenally popular and seemingly harmless novels was that they promoted “unchristian magic.” ~www.factsmonster.com

Below is a list of books that have been banned, along with the reasons cited for banning them.

Book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Reason Too depressing.
Book Blubber, by Judy Blume
Reason The characters curse and the mean-spirited ringleader is never punished for her cruelty.
Book Bony-Legs, by Joanna Cole
Reason Deals with subjects such as magic and witchraft.
Book The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reason Offensive language.
Book Confessions of an Only Child, by Norma Klein
Reason Use of profanity by the lead character’s father.
Book Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Reason Teaches children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse.
Book Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling
Reason They promote witchcraft, set bad examples, and are too dark.
Book A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, by Alice Childress
Reason Anti-American and immoral.
Book The House without a Christmas Tree, by Gail Rock
Reason Uses the word damn.
Book In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz
Reason Too morbid for children.
Book In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
Reason Nudity; Mickey loses his pajamas during his fall in the kitchen.
Book A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
Reason A suggestive illustration that might encourage kids to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.
Book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
Reason The characters are all shown as animals; the police are presented as pigs.

List and quotes are from Fact Monster Database, copyright 2007 Pearson Education.
Find original page: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/banned-kids-books.html

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