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On Display in the Library: Banned or Challenged Juvenile and Young Adult Books


Charlotte’s Web, published in 1952 is 78th on the best-selling hardcover list; has sold more than 45 million copies and is a recipient of the 1953 Newbery Honor. How did this book end up on frequently challenged book list? This classic of children’s literature has been challenged because passages about the spider dying were criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.” What is the difference between a challenge and a banning? A challenge is the attempt to remove material from a curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. A banning is the actual removal of those materials. Take a look at the display on the third floor with more banned or censored books. These titles were taken from the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Library Association.