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.