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9 Books that were banned for ridiculous reasons

Aug 19, 2022
'Harriet the Spy' by Louise Fitzhugh
This book tells the story of 11-year-old Harriet, who keeps a notebook filled with honest thoughts about the people in her life. However, in 1983, some parents in Xenia, Ohio, challenged the book since they felt that it taught children to lie, spy, and back-talk
'Are you there, God? It's Me, Margarent' By Judy Blume
The book explores the challenges of growing into yourself as a young girl, and it's often challenged, mainly because it talks about puberty and teenage sexuality. In 1982, the Fond du Lac School district in Wisconsin challenged the novel for being 'Sexually Offensive and Amoral'
'Lord of the flies' by William Golding
It's a book about a group of boys that become stranded on an island, In 1981, Owen High School, in North Carolina attempted to ban the book because it was believed to be 'demoralizing in as much that it implies that man is little more than an animal'
'A Light in the Attic' by Shel Silverstein
This book is filled with silly and humorous poems that let kids in on the joke. But parents in Beloit Wisconsin, apparently got the book banned because they said its fifth poem, "How Not to have to Dry the Dishes," would "encourage children to break dishes, so they won't have to dry them."
'The Diary of a Young Girl' by Anne Frank
In 2010, the Culpeper County School District banned the masterpiece after a parent complained about its "passages detail her [Anne] emerging sexual desires," according to the Washington Post
'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White
The book was challenged in 2006 by parents in a Kansas School district who believed it was unnatural for animals to talk. They went so far as to say that "Showing lower life forms with human abilities is sacrilegious and disrespectful to God"
'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain
The fact that the n-word was used 200 times was not what upset the Brooklyn Public Library in 1905. The library banned the book because "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration"
"Where's Waldo?' by Martin Handford
Spotting a bespectacled man seems like a fairly innocent game, so it may surprise some to discover that the 1987 edition of 'Where's Waldo' was banned in 1993 from Springs Public School Library in East Hampton, New York. The reason? A topless sunbather in beach scene on page 4
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?' by Bill Martin Jr.
In 2010, the Texas State Board of Education banned the book from a curriculum when they mixed up the author with another man. The person they were trying to ban was Bill Martin, who wrote a book titled 'Ethical Marxism' and is in no way related to Bill Martin Jr.