Sendak's classic story of Mickey helping the bakers get milk for the morning cake has been challenged for nudity. The little boy's penis is visible in a few drawings. Caldecott Honor Book.
The Stupids Have a Ball
Most of the books in The Stupids series have been challenged for reasons such as: reinforces negative behavior; encourages disrespect to parents and authority; use of the word "stupid".
The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
A highly controversial story for years, mostly for the illustrations. A pirated version was published and widely distributed with an African, rather than Tamil, boy. Challenged and banned for racially derogatory slurs and pictures.
A Visit to Cuba by Alta Schreier
Removed from all Miami-Dade school libraries in 2006 when a parent complained that it was not an accurate depiction of life in Cuba.
More Children's Books
The Five Chinese brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop; Kurt Wiese
A dramatic retelling of an old Chinese tale, in which five brothers who look just alike outwit the executioner by using their extraordinary individual qualities. Challenged for violent plans to execute the brothers and for racially derogatory illustrations.
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
A rather grumpy Father Christmas delivers gifts on Christmas Eve. Removed from school libraries for Father Christmas' negative attitude toward the holiday. Challenged in public libraries for cursing, alcohol, and negative image of Santa Claus (although this is not Santa, but Father Christmas).
Mommy Laid an Egg! by Babette Cole
Two children explain to their parents, using their own drawings, where babies come from. Challenged for age appropriateness, as it explains how babies are born from concept to birth.
King & King by Linda de Haan; Stern Nijland
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected. Both King & King and King & King & Family have been challenged for presenting homosexuality in a family setting.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm; Jack Zipes; Johnny Gruelle
A new translation of 239 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Also, includes a listing of their oral and/or literary sources. Challenged and banned due to: violence; portrayal of women and gender roles; anti-Semitic references; negative image of witches; encourages occult and witchcraft; alcohol in Little Red Ridinghood's basket.
Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg
His behavior may be rather unconventional, but Pinkerton the dog proves it doesn't really matter. Challenged for image of a gun in a burglar's hand.