Classics Banned in Schools
Many school libraries are quick to ban books because they may contain content or language that may not be “school appropriate”. But when some school libraries start banning books for what many say are “questionable reasons”, the American Library Association is quick to review the requests. However, some of the classics are still being looked at. Here’s a list of 5 surprisingly banned books, and where and why you can’t read them.
In 1989, Dr. Suess was banned for this 1971 children's book, which describes the destruction of a pretend forest of Truffula. Many were offended by the use of the word "stupid" in the book, but it was the logging industry that got it banned.
Little Red Riding Hood
The message should be "Don't talk to strangers". But in 1990, administrators in Culver City, California banned this book because they saw another message in an illustrated version by Trina Schart Hyman. That message is that granny is a drunk. The picture of Little Red Riding Hood showed her standing with a bottle of wine in her basket that she was taking to granny's house. Officials at the school didn't think a wine guzzling granny was a message they wanted their students to learn.
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
This book has been criticized for some sexually explicit passages, but there was another reason it was banned in 1983. According to the Alabama State Textbook Committee, this book was just too much of a "downer".
It wasn't a case of arachnophobia that caused this book to be banned from some Kansas library shelves in 2006. Some parents were concerned that talking animals were products of the Devil. They believed that humans were at the top of God's creation, and that talking animals were disrespecting God.
Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
Where's Waldo isn't really a "classic", but he does get a participation ribbon! In the mid-1990's, Waldo, himself, wasn't the reason he was banned in New York and Michigan. Apparently, during one of his fantastic journey's, there is a small, very tiny in fact, image of a sunbathing woman with a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. It seems part of her bathing suit top is exposing....well....what a bathing suit top is supposed to cover. You would have to look with a magnifying glass for this image, because it is actually the size of a pinhead.