7 Children's Books That Have Been Banned ...


These children’s books that have been banned are simply crazy! These books are really amazing and children all over the globe love them, however there are parts of the world in which they have been banned, for a number of different reasons. Read on and see if you agree with these children’s books that have been banned.

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland There are a surprising amount of children’s books that have been banned due to talking animals. It is thought that animals talking is an insult to God and how He created us as humans, and therefore completely unacceptable. As well as the talking animal issue, it is thought that there were references to drug use and masturbation within the story. I must have missed those parts!


Alice in Wonderland is a classic children’s novel written by Lewis Carroll and published in 1865. The novel follows Alice, a young girl, as she falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. Despite its popularity and influence on popular culture, it has been banned in some countries because of its talking animals and references to drug use and masturbation. Alice in Wonderland has been adapted into a number of films, plays, musicals, and video games, and has become an iconic and beloved story for children and adults alike.


James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach In an elementary school in Texas, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl was banned because it included the word “ass.” It has also been banned in a number of other areas for a number of different reasons, including possible racism and drug use, as well as glorifying rebelling against authority. Apparently, once upon a time, it was banned in a town in Wisconsin because when the spider licks her lips it could be “taken in two ways, including sexual.”


Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are In 1963, this book was banned in most southern states in the USA because it promotes and supports ‘supernatural events,’ as well as making reference to witchcraft. Apparently this wonderful book also glorifies Max’s tantrums and bad behaviour, which might be taken the wrong way by children. Bruno Bettelheim, an author, describes the book as being too upsetting for kids to read.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz This book has been banned numerous times, and has even had lawsuits filed against it by a few Tennessee families in 1986! These lawsuits say that the existence of a good witch within the story suggests that any traits humans possess are “individually developed, rather than God given” and that no witch can possibly be good-natured, so the existence of a good witch is impossible.


The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree This lovely book was banned in 1988 in a library in Colorado because the tree is said to be too compliant with requests, and the little boy in the story is labeled “too demanding,” and therefore this book has been called sexist. It has also been challenged in a few schools because it criminalises the forestry industry.

Famous Quotes

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham Believe it or not, this book was banned as recently as 1991! Apparently this story shows “homosexual seduction,” for example in the line “would you, could you, on a boat.” In China it was also banned (for 26 years, no less) for having reference to “early Marxism” (Karl Marx was a philosopher who created and supported the structure of communism).



Animalia It is hard to believe that a book as intricately beautiful and mesmerising as Animalia, the amazing alphabet book by Graeme Base, could possibly have been banned, but banned it was. Supposedly, this book contains ‘violence and horror,’ but where that is present is beyond me! Can you figure it out?

It is interesting seeing how other people interpret different books, but when books become banned because of it, it can create more problems than solutions! Perhaps proper teaching and explanation of delicate subjects will do a better job of protecting our children, rather than banning any books. What is your favourite banned book?

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I have read every single one of those books, and I'm okay, so far😌

I turned out well.

Sometimes I feel like parents don't want their children to read certain books because they don't want to have to explain to their children certain things....which annoys me sooo much.....I mean is really that hard to sit down and explain something to your child?!? Sometimes parents really upset me with that lmao

By the time kids actually realize these so called alternative messages, they're too old to read then anyway

Louis carol wrote Alice in wonderland based on a young girl he was having an affair with. Alice took drugs to suppress the reality in wich she was living. I love vintage children's books because they have many hidden meanings. But without those meanings the stories couldn't be told. Great part of history

I own all of these (except for the last one) and two of the books happen to be my 7 year old's favorites! I love getting to teach him the 'controversial' lessons before life or anyone else has the chance to.. People are too sensitive sometimes.

I find the green eggs and ham assumption hilarious .

Bruno Bettelheim is a psychologist who blamed autism on the mother. he believed they were bad mothers who caused their child's illness. I would not trust his judgement on the effects of reading a book

@April-Louis Carol first told the story to Alice, who was aged 10 at the time, and her sister while out on a boat ride on the Thames river. He was making it up as he went along and only later did he write it down in the form of several different poems. True, there is speculation that the Alice in the story was after the little girl Alice with whom's family he was close with at the time but he denied it. They were not having an affair when he first told it to her, she was far too young and it was created impromptu that afternoon on the boat ride. A few years down the road there was a suspicion of an inappropriate friendship between Louis Carol and Alice and her family distanced themselves from him but still remained friendly acquaintances.

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