Classic Children’s Books That Were Once Banned

While the books in this short list have become household names in children’s literature, all of them have at least once thing in common – these classic children’s books were once banned for a variety of reasons.

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
by: Dav Pilkey
This is the recent book to be banned on this list. According to the American Library Association the book was considered unsuited for a young age group. It was already considered to contained offensive language.

The Diary Of A Young Girl
by: Anne Frank
This classic children’s book was once banned by several schools because it was “too depressing”

The Giving Tree
by: Shel Silverstein
Was also banned by several schools because it criminalized the foresting agency

green eggs and ham
Green Eggs And Ham
by: Dr Seuss
Surprisingly Green Eggs And Ham was banned in California at one stage on accounts of “homosexual seduction”

The Lorax
by: Dr Seuss
Another book by Dr Seuss – this one was banned and claimed that it “criminalized the foresting industry”

James And The Giant Peach
by: Roald Dahl
Was banned from an elementary school because it included the word ass

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by: Roald Dahl
A US library banned the book because it embraced a “poor philosophy of life”. It also came under fire for comparing the Oompa Loompas to Africans.

charlotte's web
by: A. A. Milne
Several institutions in Turkey and the UK banned the book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims

Charlotte’s Web
by: E. B. White
Was banned because talking animals was considered an “insult to God”.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by: L. Frank Baum
Public libraries in Chicago banned the book because of its “ungodly” influence and “depicting women in strong leadership roles”.

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