25 Of The Most Banned Children's Books Of The Past 25 Years, Because All Those Picture Books Could Be Dangerous, Y'all

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Regular ol' children's books turn into banned children’s books for any number of reasons. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to think about what might inspire parental vitriol: perhaps a topless beachgoer in Where's Waldo, or same-sex penguin partners... I don't know, it doesn't get me going, either. Sigh.

Each year, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, advocating for the freedom to read, and drawing national attention to the books that are still being challenged and banned across the country. Get ready to start dusting off all those picture books you had to hide under the floorboards as a toddler, because 2015’s Banned Books Week starts September 27.

Drawn (mostly) from the top of the ALA's banned and challenged books list, here are 25 of the most controversial children’s books of the past 25 years.

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