A list of Doctor Suess books that have been banned in schools and libraries.
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The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat is a children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957. The story centers on a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother one rainy day when their mother is away. Despite the repeated objections of the children’s fish, the Cat shows them some tricks that are straight out of his repertoire. These soon turn dangerous, but when Mother arrives home just in time to see the mess, she is not even cross.
The book was banned in Boston in 1982 for “encouraging young children to break things.” In 1997, it was removed from a Virginia school district for its “unsuitable illustrations.”
Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss’s book “Green Eggs and Ham” is one of the most banned books in America. It has been challenged or removed from Libraries and schools across the country because it allegedly promotes recycling and vegetarianism.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a 1960 children’s book by Dr. Seuss. It was published as part of the Random House Beginner Books series. The book has been banned several times due to its depiction of two Chinese characters with slanted eyes.
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is one of the most popular children’s books of all time. But did you know that it has also been one of the most banned and challenged books?
The Lorax was first published in 1971 and instantly became a classic. But it wasn’t until the late 1980s that it started to show up on lists of banned and challenged books.
Over the years, The Lorax has been banned and challenged for a variety of reasons, including its supposedly “anti-logging” message and its use of made-up words. But ultimately, it is up to each individual reader to decide whether or not they want to read The Lorax.
Horton Hears a Who
Horton Hears a Who was first published in 1955 and banned in both 1992 and 2001. The reason for the ban was due to the “anti-Japanese” sentiment during World War II. The other reason cited was that the book “made fun of” soldiers.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Dr. Seuss book that has been banned in some places because it is said to encourage stealing.
The Butter Battle Book
The Butter Battle Book is a 1984 Dr. Seuss book marketed to readers aged eight and up, dealing with the issue of nuclear arms race between two groups. Despite generally positive reviews, the book has been banned in some public schools because of its Cold War theme and what some consider to be anti-authorityand anti-war messages.
Banned in Canada in 1995, this book was originally published in 1994. The book tells the story of a girl whose head turns into a daisy. While Mayzie is initially thrilled with her new flower head, she quickly becomes bored and decides she wants to return to normal.
Despite being banned, the book remains popular with young readers and is often cited as one of Doctor Suess’s most memorable books.
Yertle the Turtle
Yertle the Turtle is a story about a turtle king who thinks he’s above everyone else. He sits on top of a pile of turtles and orders them around. One day, a turtle named Mack challenges Yertle’s authority. This leads to a revolution, and Yertle is overthrown.
Yertle the Turtle was banned in some schools because it was thought to be teaching children that it’s okay to challenge authority.
The Sneetches is a book by Dr. Seuss that has been banned in many schools and libraries. The reason for the ban is because the book promotes discrimination against people based on their appearance.