Why are we talking about banning books in the first place? Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the rights of Dr. Seuss’s books (author Theodor Seuss Geisel died in 1991), decided to stop publishing six of his books because of racist and insensitive imagery.
While the messages in many books and movies from the past are now being questioned, Dr.Seuss Enterprises took one step in the right direction by simply stopping the production of these books in order to be more inclusive. Which books? They are:
–And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
–If I Ran the Zoo
–On Beyond Zebra!
–Scrambled Eggs Super!
–The Cat’s Quizzer
Interestingly, these books were also the top sellers on the day the news was announced. Supporters of inclusive books believe this is the right move, while others feel that we need to allow books from the past to continue, because they reflect how people thought back then. In any case, we dug up a few books that people want to be banned for various reasons. Can you guess why these books were elected by some cities, communities, or schools?
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The complete Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The complete Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey