This may come as a shock to some but throughout history, several well known and beloved children’s books have been banned in school for a variety of reasons. However, as many of the readers of this article would not be aware of these books or be aware of the reasons which warranted this ban the following article will proceed to enlighten them by exploring some of these beloved classics which were and still banned from certain schools in the world.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Every individual at one point in their life may have read a book by Roald Dahl or even have watched movies that were based on his books. But did you know that in the 90’s the book ‘The Witches’ was banned by several schools due to its focus on witchcraft which many individuals found to be offending.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Can you even imagine a world without Harry Potter? Well it appears that some people actually prefer to live in a world sans Harry Potter because this book was banned in the year 2000 as shocking as it may sound to some individuals. This move came after many parents complained that this book focuses on occult and satanic themes. Furthermore, this books from this series were even burned in the year 2001 because individuals complained that it promoted witchcraft and violence.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
This book has appeared numerous times in the list of books that one should read in their lifetime because this book revolves around the time- traveling adventures the main protagonist underwent during her daring rescue of her father. However, this book was banned due to the complains made by religious groups as they claimed that this book challenged the beliefs one may about god.
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum
Can anyone imagine a world which did not have a Dorothy and a Toto looking for a way to go back home, a Scarecrow in search for a brain, a tinman in search for a heart and a lion in search for courage?, because that would not be one’s ideal world. However, despite my personal opinion, this book was banned in the early 19th century for depicting women in strong powerful roles. Furthermore, many individuals also had a problem with the book because it depicted witches as being both good and evil characters.
As, unbelievable as it may some of these are still banned from certain libraries and schools in the world due to many protests to unban them.