Book Recommendations: Banned or Disputed Children’s Books


Recommended by Barb Husch, Branch Manager, Forestville Library

During Banned Books Week, September 18-24, we often review lists that include books that have been challenged or banned over the years. Children’s books aren’t immune to being challenged or banned, so I recommend a few that occasionally make it onto various lists.

Walter the farting dog: banished from the beach by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy

Walter has a digestive problem that manifests as flatulence. Children who read or listen to this story, illustrated by Audrey Colman, always laugh and find this subject very funny, as they have done for generations.

However, the books are more than just humorous as Walter is also a hero who rises to the occasion in dramatic fashion when his owner’s possessions – or themselves – are in danger. Who doesn’t love a hero?

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

The Harry Potter series has been contested for years due to its inclusion of magic, spells, and sinister characters. However, Harry and his friends strive to do the right thing to save both those who are gifted with magic and those who are not.

Much of the action takes place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the stories are full of magic, adventure, and fabulous characters. Many reluctant readers have been drawn into Harry’s world through this series, which draws them in and keeps them reading until the last page!

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