10 Banned Children’s Books

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar) by Claire Hutchet Bishop — Banned from an elementary school because it is deemed too violent.
  6. Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman — Challenged because Little Red has a bottle of wine in her basket, promoting alcohol to minors.
  7. The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff — Challenged for promoting colonialism and being “politically and morally offensive”.
  8. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak — Challenged for having witchcraft, supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother.
  9. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite, Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, King and King by Linda de Haan, and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson — All challenged for homosexual themes.
  10. And my personal favorite unreasonably banned children’s books, the works of Bill Martin Jr. who has written such subversive books as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Barn Dance! (Reading Rainbow Books) which have been banned from the Texas state curriculum.   The reason? Because some lazy idiot assumed he was the same person as Bill Martin who wrote Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation (Creative Marxism) and in Texas, apparently you can’t have educational counting and color books on your shelves if they were written by a Maoist¹. Even though they were not; Bill Martin and Bill Martin Jr. = two different people.

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.