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11 Books You Grew Up With That You Didn't Know Were Banned

Every year, from September 27th to October 3rd, it’s Banned Books Week. What you might not know is that a lot of the books you grew up with have found themselves banned from schools and libraries all over the country. You might just find your favorite childhood book on the list.

1. The entire Harry Potter series

You grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and all their adolescent wizard drama. But some schools and libraries thought that those spell casting wizards were portraying Satanic values. Meanwhile, you just had a crush on Harry’s angst.

2. James and The Giant Peach…

You loved the story about James and his tale of growing up. Your parents might have even read this to you as you were falling asleep. Although, the spider did give you nightmares, so you can somewhat understand why this classic made it to the banned list.

3. Gossip Girl Series…

XOXO, Banned. This book series was your way into knowing about Manhattan’s so-called elite. You were totally either a Blair or Serena. But, Chuck Bass’s purple suit and questioning sexuality was what made this series one of the blacklisted. 

4. The Catcher in The Rye…

This high school read was definitely in your repertoire because you were quite the intellectual back in the day. You completely understand Holden’s sadness and you also wondered what happened to the ducks in winter time. However, this classic was definitely the front-runner in the banned category. The phonies!

5. New Moon: The Twilight Saga…

The biggest literary dilemma of your age was whether you were a Jacob or and Edward. This book and the whole series was the real love story for you and the millennials. However, vampires are totally demonic, so onto the banned list this classic went.

6. Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl…

Why?! Just why?! Banning history has always worked out well… Not!

7. Captain Underpants…

This book series emerged in the early 2000’s and if you’re a millennial, you either loved it or your best friend did. Your younger siblings definitely made your mom buy this at the book fair in your school’s gym. This book series is banned just for the mere reason that the main character is not wearing pants.

8. Where’s Waldo…

Yeah you understand the frustration of trying to find that little f*ck in his red hair and rugby shirt, but you spent hours as a kid trying to find him. This one is banned because of the occasional wardrobe malfunctions of the characters, like women without shirts. But really because Waldo is just annoying to find.

9. Charlotte’s Web…

You were obsessed as a child with the love of Wilbur and Charlotte, you might have even tried to befriend some spiders in your house. But this children’s book was banned from schools for using God references and for its religious undertones. You just thought they were cute talking animals, man.

10. The Lorax…

How can anyone ban Dr. Seuss? You loved this cute story about why the environment actually is super important and needs your attention. However, this cute, little story was banned because it was thought to create the idea that deforestation was a good idea. Nope, you knew that wasn’t the actual story.

11. The Dictionary.

Yes. The Webster Dictionary is one of most banned books across the country. You were in danger of seeing some very dangerous words and their definitions if you picked one of these bad boys up. Ban it!