- The Lorax (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss — Banned for being an allegorical political commentary. I assume this means that Alice in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are now out too.
- Bony-legs (Hello Reader! Level 1) by Joanna Cole — Banned for magic and witchcraft. Really? In a book about the folktale Bab Yaga no less. Are all witch stories suspect now? This is one of my upcoming Hallwe’en reads.
- In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) by Maurice Sendak — Banned for nudity when Mickey loses his clothes in the middle of the night. Some teachers actually went so far as to draw pants on him in the pictures.
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig — Banned because of the the depiction of the characters as animals, particularly the police as pigs, apparently upset people.
- The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar) by Claire Hutchet Bishop — Banned from an elementary school because it is deemed too violent.
Little Red Riding Hood
by Trina Schart Hyman — Challenged because Little Red has a bottle of wine in her basket, promoting alcohol to minors.
The Story of Babar
by Jean de Brunhoff — Challenged for promoting colonialism and being “politically and morally offensive”.
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak — Challenged for having witchcraft, supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother.
¹. This makes it even better because the Texans who made this decision didn’t even use Wikipedia to look him up and find out that he is not a Marxist but a Maoist.