Most challenged books since 2010

The American Library Association condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to OIF from communities across the U.S.

More information on this subject can be read through this post by ALA. You may also be interested in our Banned Books collection.

Some of these challenged books are available on the archive and have been curated for you :

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin        

Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood        

Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner        

Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini        

This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon        

Reasons: offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”)

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel        

Reasons: violence and other (“graphic images”)

Habibi, by Craig Thompson        

Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter        

Reasons: religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi        

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison        

Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky        

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard        

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone        

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya        

Reasons: occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Bone (series), by Jeff Smith        

Reason: political viewpoint, racism, violence

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz        

Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls        

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit

Beloved, by Toni Morrison        

Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa        

Reasons: nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins        

Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence

My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reasons: nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley        

Reasons: insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins        

Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer        

Reasons: religious viewpoint, violence
Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor        

Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicit

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris

Reasons: abortion, homosexuality, nudity, religious viewpoint, sex education, unsuited to age group

The Holy Bible        

Reasons: religious viewpoint

Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich        

Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie        

Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar        

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones        

Reasons: sexual content, being unsuited to age group

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