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Controversial Picture Books
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And Tango Makes Three by
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
Censored for homosexuality, being anti-family and anti-religion.
Olive's Ocean by
Publication Date: 2003-08-12
Censored for offensive language and being sexually explicit.
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by
Publication Date: 2008-03-27
Censored for homosexuality and unsuited to age group.
Where the Wild Things Are by
Publication Date: 1988-11-09
Censored for glorifying anger, promoting witchcraft and supernatural elements, and being dark and frightening.
Lois Lowry on Banning Books
Lois Lowry’s response to a young reader who explains that a parent at their school wants to ban The Giver:
“I think banning books is a very, very dangerous thing. It takes away an important freedom. Any time there is an attempt to ban a book, you should fight it as hard as you can. It’s okay for a parent to say, ‘I don’t want my child to read this book.’ But it is not okay for anyone to try to make that decision for other people. The world portrayed in The Giver is a world where choice has been taken away. It is a frightening world. Let’s work hard to keep it from truly happening.”
Controversial Young Adult Books
The Giver by
Publication Date: 1993-04-26
Censored for violence, occult themes, sexually explicit material, suicide, murder, euthanasia, and mind control.
The Kite Runner by
Publication Date: 2004-04-27
Censored for offensive language and sexual content.
Looking for Alaska by
Publication Date: 2005-03-03
Censored for sexual content and to the consumption of alcohol.
Thirteen Reasons Why by
Publication Date: 2007-10-18
Censored for drugs, alcohol, smoking, being sexually explicit, suicide and being unsuitable for age group.