Banned Books Week

Banned books display

 

What do Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, and Harriet the Spy have in common?

All three have been banned at one time or another.  School districts received complaints that Charlotte’s Web had talking animals (a sure sign of witchcraft!), that Harry Potter promoted dark arts, and that Harriet talked back to adults and was therefore a poor example for young people.

Other banned children’s books include The Giving Tree and The Lorax (both considered a threat to the foresting industry), Bridge to Terabithia and Alice in Wonderland (both involving overly elaborate fantasy worlds) and Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (too depressing).

School boards were successful in removing these titles from some libraries; however, many of those decisions to ban the books were successfully challenged and overturned.

Curious about more titles?  Check out this list of banned classics.  How many are you familiar with?  Several of these are studied today in Eanes ISD schools.  This year, we’ll read the sometimes-controversial book The Giver.

For more about Banned Books week, visit our West Ridge Middle School library display.

 

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25 thoughts on “Banned Books Week

  1. Hi Mrs.Kriese, I see a lot of people I know have commented on this! My name is Sarah, and I’m from huzzah.edublogs.org. I think it’s crazy that the school district would be getting complaints like this! Isn’t the whole moral of the story in The Lorax to be kind to the environment? Also, I’ve read the whole Harry Potter series multiple times, and the people who use the dark art are all portrayed as villains. And who doesn’t like an overly-creative fantasy world?
    Anyway, regards from B.C Canada!
    Sarah

  2. Hello Mrs. Kriese
    I think that a lot of those books should not be banned because they are children’s books and they do not seem bad to me, like the Lorax. The Lorax is a good book I think because the moral of the story is don’t harm the earth or we will have nowhere to live, thats a good message for kids and adults, and to me its not a threat to the foresting industries. But some books like How to kill a mocking bird should be banned because well you should never kill animals, unless your hunting or fishing or your a farmer or something.
    ~Carson

  3. Dear Mrs. Kriese
    I don’t think that Charlottes Web and Harry Potter should be banned. It just shows how the 1st world countries are so sensitive like really talking animals is witchcraft? It’s a STORY and isn’t saying nothing about witches or stuff like that. I kinda understand harry potter I guess but still it doesn’t say in harry potter it’s good to be a witch
    Visit our site at http://huzzah.edublogs.org

    • We wouldn’t have very many children’s books if talking animals were banned, would we? That’s part of the charm of books like Charlotte’s Web.

      We will be visiting your blogs very soon! We look forward to learning more about student life in British Columbia.

      Mrs. Kriese and students

  4. Dear Mrs. Kriese

    Personally I couldn’t believe about the fact that all those famous well liked books got banned from that school district in Texas. I know people who read most of those books all their lives and they’re not affected by it at all the one that really amazes me is the Lorax all that book does is send a good message about controlling how much tree’s we cut down which is very important, what do you think Mrs. Kiese

  5. Hi Mrs. Kriese,

    I think that Harry Potter and Charlotte’s web shouldn’t be banned.
    They are extremely intresting and appropriate to their suggested age group in my opinion though its weird that they’ve been banned before…
    I don’t know why they would want to ban such rich books!

  6. Mrs. Kriese,
    I can”t believe that they would ban those books have been banned.
    Harry Potter is one of my all time favorites, if that happened in your school that would be horrible.
    Best wishes.
    ~Andrea

  7. Hi Mrs. Kriese,
    This was a very post! I am glad we do not have banned books at our school, because Charlotte’s Web is a children’s book, Harry Potter is an all time favorite of a lot of people, The Lorax is a kids book too, and The Giving Tree is a caring book I have read since I was a very little girl, and it has thought me a lot, so I think that it is crazy to ban these. I am excited to read The Giver because I really like that book too! I looked at that list in the link, and I was surprised- The Great Gatsby? Lord of the Rings? Wow! Thank you for sharing that with me!
    -Katey

  8. Mrs. Kriese,
    I found this blog so interesting because I don’t understand how someone could think a classic such as The Lorax unsuitable for kids. I also feel the same way about another children’s classic such as Charlottes Web, I think the board missed all the love and compassion that story tells and only saw this bad in the story (which there was t much of!). If you would like to visit my class blog, just click the link!: https://mrslepre.edublogs.org/wp-admin/index.php?page=msreader.php

    • I agree with you! The Lorax is a wonderful story for kids and adults alike! And I grew up on Charlotte’s Web; it’s one of the first chapter books I read aloud to my mom to practice my reading.

      Thanks for visiting! We will check out your class blog soon–
      will you let us know how to find which post is yours?

  9. Greetings Mrs. Kriese,
    I’m not really fan of reading, but these books shouldn’t be banned. They’re all harmless, especially The Lorax. Do you have any plans to stop the school from banning amazing books?
    -Mmendoza18
    http://www.flags8.org/

    • Hello, Mmendoza18! Fortunately for us, our school does not ban books. We allow our students and their families to make their own reading choices! How about your school? Do you have a well-stocked library?

  10. Dear Ms. Kriese,

    I agree with you, I think some books are teaching young readers bad lessons. I have a new perspective about these books now, I think that soon students might think it’s okay because they read it. Are there some books you are okay reading even if they send the wrong message?

    -sgomez30
    http://www.flags8.org

  11. Hello Mrs.K,
    Wow! I didn’t know that all those books were banned at one time, especially Harry Potter. I have a question, when you said in your blog about the school district being able to remove the books from some libraries, does that mean that some librarians objected the books being taken away, and were they school libraries or were they public libraries?
    anyways thanks for letting me comment,
    Abbie

    Abbie’s blog
    Huzzah! Our class blog

    • Hi Abby–
      So glad you stopped in for a visit!
      In many cases, parents or school board members decide to ban the books, but the librarians fight that decision, sometimes with the help of the American Library Association. Most librarians I have talked with believe that students should have the freedom to choose what they read!

    • I agree, Nathan: it’s difficult to understand how anyone could object to Charlotte’s Web! I think the talking animals are charming 🙂

      My students and I look forward to visiting your Huzzah! blogs very soon!

  12. Hello Mrs Kriese,

    I love this post so much. It’s just strait up amazing. I’ve known it this entire time authors are evil wizards and sick and twisted monsters. except for Anthony Horowitz and John Grisham The’re Awesome. Some of these books though is just madness that you banned them. Like Harry Potter In some countrys Dark magic is Promoted!… Anyways thanks for spreading the truth Loved this post Bye!

    • Hello Ben,
      You’ve named two authors whose work we have enjoyed reading! I’ll bet you love Horowitz’s Alex Rider series. Do you have a favorite? Grisham’s Theodore Boone series is terrific, but several of us have also enjoyed his “grown-up” courtroom dramas.

      I smiled at your “evil wizards” comment. Thanks for visiting!

  13. Hi Mrs. Kriese,

    I find quite strange that all of these books have been banned at one time or another. I really don’t get why these books were banned (even though talking animals truly are terrifying). In regards to To Kill A Mocking Bird, the author Harper Lee actually responded to the school district questioning their literary skills, and offered to pay for the teacher’s enrollment in first grade. Thank you for posting this, I found it quite funny.

    Connor
    Connor’s blog
    Huzzah! Our class blog

    • Connor, thank you for sharing the anecdote about Harper Lee and her response to the banning of To Kill a Mockingbird. How awesome is that! I love it.

      We would all be terrified if somehow our animals began talking tomorrow, wouldn’t we? I wonder what my dogs would have to say…

      Thanks for visiting! We’ll be checking out the Huzzah! blogs very soon.

  14. Hi Mrs.Kriese,
    I don’t think any of those books should be banned. Especially The Lorax that book is supposed to teach kids not to harm the environment it’s shouldn’t be considered a threat. Alice in Wonderland should be in more libraries it is making children’s imaginations last longer. Anne Frank: diary of a Young Girl is interesting not depressing.
    Thanks,
    Kalea

    • I agree with you about all three books, Kalea. I’ve enjoyed reading those titles, and I’ve recommended them to my own children and students.

      My students and I will be visiting your Huzzah! blogs very soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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