The 15 Most Ridiculously Challenged Children's Books

The 15 Most Ridiculously Challenged Children's Books

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 27, 2010

Before a book is ever officially banned, it's challenged by schools, parents and even states that would like to see it pulled from shelves everywhere. Some kind folks over at the University of Illinois put together a massive list of all the children's books that have ever been "challenged" and you just won't believe what's included — starting with Where's Waldo.

You can find the full list and the criteria for judgement and sources at the University of Illinois. It's a remarkable list that's divided by picture books, chapter books and young readers.

I must be a serious rebel as I've read, loved and cherished every book on this list. Here are a few of the more "shocking" reads on the list:

First Row, Left To Right
• Where's Waldo
• Where The Wild Things Are
• Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
• Bridge To Terabithia
• Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Second Row, Left To Right
• Charlotte's Web
• Harry Potter
• James And The Giant Peach
• How To Eat Fried Worms
• Little Women

Third Row, Left To Right
• Little House On The Prairie
• The Chronicles Of Narnia
• Harriet The Spy
• Where Did I Come From
• A Light In The Attic

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