Book Recommendations: Children’s Banned or Challenged Books

Recommended by Barb Husch, Branch Manager, Forestville Library

During Banned Books Week, Sept. 18-24, we often review lists that include books that have been challenged or banned over the years. Children’s books are not immune to being challenged or banned, so I’m recommending a couple that are sometimes found on various lists.

Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy

Walter has a digestive problem that manifests as flatulence. Kids who are reading or listening to this story, illustrated by Audrey Colman, always giggle and find this subject very funny, as they have for generations. 

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

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

The Harry Potter series has been challenged for years because of its inclusion of magic, spells and sinister characters. However, Harry and his friends strive to do what’s right to save both those who are magically gifted 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 caught up in Harry’s world through this series, which pulls them in and keeps them reading until the last page!

Find out why these and other children’s books have been challenged or banned at