books banned in the 1990s

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The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by Lewis, C.S.
Challenged in the Howard County, Md. school system (1990) because it depicts “graphic violence, mysticism, and gore. “I’m sure the school system would rather have its children reading something which adheres to “good Christian values.”

Goosebumps (series) by Stein, R.L. (1992-1997)
Often challenged in US libraries for their sometimes-violent content.

Where’s Waldo by Handford, Martin
Removed from the Springs Public School library in East Hampton, N.Y. (1993) because there is a tiny drawing of a woman lying on the beach wearing a bikini bottom but no top.

James and the Giant Peach by Dahl, Roald
Challenged at the Deep Creek Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor, Fla. (1991) because it is “not appropriate reading material for young children.” Challenged in two school libraries because the book contains the word “ass” and “promotes” the use of drugs (tobacco, snuff) and whiskey. Removed from classrooms in Stafford County, Va. Schools (1995) and placed in restricted access in the library because the story contains crude language and encourages children to disobey their parents and other adults.

Captain Underpants (series) by Pilkey, Dav (1997-current)
This series was challenged and banned in the US for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.

Harry Potter (series) by Rowling, J.K. (1999-2007)
These books have been constantly banned in the southern states of the USA because their depiction of the supernatural is seen as anti-Christian. Some further claim that the books promote certain political agendas.

Author: Melissa

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