Posted by: Lizzie Ross | September 7, 2010

W. Steig challenged, 1970s

I’m not sure if the poll is still live, but way back in March the Huffington Post put up something about the most surprising banned books. It’s worth a read through, and perhaps taking your own virtual poll, to see which ones you already knew about.

The one that surprised me: William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Such a sweet story (and the 1970 Caldecott Medal winner), about family and love, but evidently police associations in Illinois and some other states objected to the police being portrayed in this book as pigs, and they asked libraries to remove their copies.

Steig is the creator of Shrek and the author of dozens of wonderful books for children. Such a dangerous writer!

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