Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017 from Sept. 24 - Sept. 30 at Harper College Library! Here is a timeline of some of the most famous banned literature and why they were prohibited. By clicking the “More” button on the event and then clicking “Find Out More”, you can access some of these banned books from the Harper College Library Catalog. The books shown are dated according to the year they were published.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

In 1989, the Lorax was banned in California for being too harsh on the logging industry.

Little Red Riding Hood by Carl Larsson

We all know and love the story Little Red Riding Hood. Why is it on the list of banned books? Is it because of the big, bad, scary wolf? Or that Little Red lies to the wolf? Or because the wolf eats two people? The answer is none of the above! This classic was banned because Red Riding Hood carried a bottle of wine to her grandmother's house in her basket.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Witman

Leaves of Grass is challenged in many places for being disturbing or misunderstood.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

According to the American Library Association, award wining author, John Green, has had many books banned because of their offensive language, sexually explicit content and mature themes.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

They say not to judge a book by its cover... but parents and teachers are upset that the cover of Two Boys Kissing is of... two boys kissing. The book is also being challenged because of its LGBT content.

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

This popular novel about war was challenged in 2015 for vulgar language and sexuality. Even though it was challenged in many schools, the book has won many awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Beyond Magenta

Beyond Magenta was challenged for being "anti-family" and having offensive language. It also deals with LGBT issues, which some parents have complained to schools about.

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

The mayor of Venice has banned this book, as well as many others, because he believes that they promote gender stereotypes and support gay rights. Other children books banned in Venice include: Big Red Cat by Éric Battut, What’s Dad’s Secret? by Francesca Pardi & Desideria Guicciardini and Little Egg by Francesca Pardi and Tullio F. Altan.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is a series enjoyed by many children and adults. This book has been banned and challenged all over the world for the use of witchcraft and magic.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy was removed from schools in Ohio for... Harriet being a spy. Parents disliked the sleuthing child as a protagonist and didn't want their children doing spy related activities.

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