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Banned and challenged picture books

The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs By Marshall, James (Book - 1989 ) E MAR All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Not only challenged because of the violence, but also on the grounds that pigs as food might offend the Muslim community.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood By Hyman, Trina Schart (Book - 1983 ) J 398.2 GRI HYM Available in some locations

Annotation:Yes, the wolf ate Grandma, but the challenge came because Little Red has a bottle of wine in her basket, promoting alcohol to minors.

The Five Chinese Brothers
The Five Chinese Brothers By Bishop, Claire Huchet (Book - 1938 ) E BIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Banned at Salem Public Library because the racial stereotypes were demeaning to Chinese people (1990) and challenged in a California school because of the violent plots to execute the brothers (1998).

The Rabbits' Wedding
The Rabbits' Wedding By Williams, Garth (Book - 1958 )

Annotation:Access restricted in 1959 at the Montgomery (Alabama) Public Library because the illustration of the black buck rabbit and white doe rabbit together was promoting integration.

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant By Brunhoff, Jean de (Book - 1933 ) E BRU Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged for promoting colonialism and being "politically and morally offensive".

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are By Sendak, Maurice (Book - 1988 ) E SEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged for having witchcraft, supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother.

Nappy Hair
Nappy Hair By Herron, Carolivia (Book - 1997 )

Annotation:Although this book celebrates the differences and unique aspects of black people, when a white teacher read it to her class, she was forced to change schools.

The Family Book
The Family Book By Parr, Todd (Book - 2003 ) Picture books P PBK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:Includes people and animals in families of all types.

Asha's Mums
Asha's Mums By Elwin, Rosamund (Book - 1990 ) E ELW Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged for homosexual themes.

Daddy's Roommate
Daddy's Roommate By Willhoite, Michael (Book - 1990 )

Annotation:Challenged for homosexual themes.

Heather Has Two Mommies
Heather Has Two Mommies By Newman, Lesléa (Book - 2000 ) J 306.7663 NEW Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged for homosexual themes, "promoting a dangerous and ungodly lifestyle."

King & King
King & King By Haan, Linda de (Book - 2002 ) E HAA Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged for homosexual themes, and a parent in California was offended by the Queen being a divorcee.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble By Steig, William (Book - 1969 ) E STE Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged by the Illinois Police Association in 1977 because if this story where all of the characters are animals, the police officers are pigs. Has been banned in parts of the United States.

The Lorax
The Lorax By Seuss (Book - 1971 ) E SEU Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged because it is a metaphor for people's impact on the environment (at a time when many did not want to hear the message).

The Stupids Have A Ball
The Stupids Have A Ball By Allard, Harry (Book - 1978 ) E ALL Available in some locations

Annotation:Uses the word stupid, describes families in a derogatory manner, and shows children disobeying their parents.

And Tango Makes Three
And Tango Makes Three By Richardson, Justin (Book - 2005 ) E RIC Available in some locations

Annotation:Based on the true story of two male penguins who share a nest and raise a chick at New York's Central Park Zoo. Challenged for homosexual themes.

In the Night Kitchen
In the Night Kitchen By Sendak, Maurice (Book - 1970 ) E SEN Available in some locations

Annotation:The boy is naked. Some teachers and library staff have reacted by obscuring the offending "parts" with marker, tape, etc.

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