Can you figure out why these beloved children’s classics were banned at one point or another? The reasons may shock you:
1. Green eggs and ham – Dr Seuss
Where was it banned? The People’s Republic of China, until 1991
Why was it banned? The book was thought to “promote homosexuality” as well as – on top of other things – the teachings of early Marxism.
2. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Where was it banned? Some parts of Britain and the US
Why was it banned? Particular groups have claimed it might offend religious people. In the US, Christian groups called it “blasphemous” for daring to show animals using human language.
In the UK, the book was banned because it “might” be offensive to Muslim groups. Ironically, the Muslim Council of Britain were the ones who stepped in to have the book returned to library shelves.
3. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Where was it banned? The US
Why was it banned? Because it has talking animals, again…
4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Where was it banned? A school in New Hampshire, in 1900
Why was it banned? For containing “expletives, sexual content and derogatory characterisations of teachers and of religious ceremonies”.
5. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
Where was it banned? All US libraries upon its release
Why was it banned? It was considered too dark for children.
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Where was it banned? The Colorado Public Library, in 1988.
Why was it banned? For one, the borderline racist depictions of the Oompa-loompas. Also because the book espoused “poor life philosophies.”
7. Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
Where was it banned? In schools and libraries across the US
Why was it banned? Because it taught children “to lie, spy, back-talk and curse”.
8. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank Baum
Where was it banned? Chicago, in 1928
Why was it banned? For being ungodly, and for showing women in strong leadership roles…