Dear Library Patrons, The mission of NYPL is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. Government support only pays for a portion of our work, so we rely on you to help - from stocking our shelves with amazing books, expanding our e-Book selection, classes, events, or even making free WiFi accessible to all. We are trying to raise $500,000 by December 31: an ambitious goal, but one that will fund incredible learning and reading in our community. Please consider donating to help keep our services free to all New Yorkers in 2015 >>


Banned and Challenged Chapter Books

Journey to Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg A South African Story By Naidoo, Beverley (Book - 1988 )

Annotation:Banned in South Africa from 1985-1991.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond By Speare, Elizabeth George (Book - 2001 )

Annotation:Challenged in Cromwell (CT) middle school curriculum on concern that it promotes witchcraft and violence.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-- 1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-- 1963 A Novel By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1995 )

Annotation:Challenged in the Stafford County, Virginia middle schools in 2002 because a parent was offended by some language. The book is a 1996 Newbery Honor winner and the same year was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

The Westing Game
The Westing Game By Raskin, Ellen (Book - 1978 )

Annotation:2009: Use of this Newbery Award-winning book was restricted at Brookline Elementary (TX) because of complaints of violence.

Olive's Ocean
Olive's Ocean By Henkes, Kevin (Book - 2003 )

Annotation:Banned for sexually explicit and offensive language. ("Damn", and a first kiss.)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By Lewis, C. S., 1898-1963. (Book - 1994 )

Annotation:Challenged because it depicts "graphic violence, mysticism and gore". Howard County, Maryland 1990. Also challenged because of "occult content".

How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms By Rockwell, Thomas, 1933- (Book - 1973 )

Annotation:A Middletown (NJ) parent tried to have the book banned from a local library in 1988 for vulgarity and violence. This attempt failed; however, the book was removed from the Livelle Elementary School library in La Paz, Indiana, in 1991, after a library patron complained the book used the word “bastard.”

A Shared List by WendyLibrarian

Member of Edmonton Public Library

Send WendyLibrarian a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List


Books for upper elementary students that have been challenged or banned.


Powered by BiblioCommons.
app03 Version gurli Last updated 2014/12/09 10:52