Did you know that some of our favorite books are forbidden in places around the world? Can you imagine that this list includes Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Harry Potter, and even the Oxford Dictionary! St. John’s Middle and High School Library has set up a display of age appropriate books that are against the law in other countries so that our students can celebrate these banned books.
Many of these books have been outlawed by governments and/or school districts for their stance against a particular establishment, for being too socialist, or plainly, for having alternative views. At St. John’s, we believe in a more inclusive and informational approach. We have made these books available to all our students! We want to highlight this wide range of books to them so they can think a little bit more about censorship. The students are also provided with a list of reasons for the banning so they can make up their own minds about it. These books are classified as Young Adult Fiction reads. Therefore, it is intriguing to realize that classics, such as Alice in Wonderland, have been banned for reasons such as depiction of talking animals! The Harry Potter series has been called out as a supporter and promoter of witchcraft and satanic beliefs, in certain places.
We do not want our students to miss out on these exemplar books because to us, having disparate views is not a problem at all!