ALA Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books

Compiled from lists of the most banned and challenged books from 2010-2019, these are the books that were reported as being challenged. ALA reminds us that the vast majority, 82-97%, of challenges remain unreported to ALA and therefore are not part of the list. There are 100 titles on the list. If you haven’t read some of these, they are almost all worth your time. Here are the top ten:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Looking for Alaska by John Green

George by Alex Gino

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept. 25


15 children’s books that celebrate the beauty of black hair – PopSugar

Announcing the 2020 CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award winners – The Children’s Book Council

Authors hope 2020 turns the page in push for diverse children’s books – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The best books featuring Black children in the outdoors – Outside

Sam McBratney, author of popular children’s book ‘Guess How Much I Love You,’ dies at 77 – USA Today


The fog of implicit bias – Library Journal

How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic – National Geographic


10 atmospheric YA novels to curl up with this fall – Book Riot

20 young-adult books that are perfect for fans of romantic comedies – Insider

Identity policing in YA: Becky Albertalli’s heartfelt coming out essay opens up an important conversation – The Mary Sue

NYPL’s new reading list “125 Books We Love for Teens” is a YA dream – Time Out

Young adult books round-up – The Guardian

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 18


Children’s books round-up: A great fantasy story to distract from Covid – The Irish Times


Banned Books Week through an alternate lens: Amnesty International – ALA OIF Intellectual Freedom Blog

Online storytimes: an interview about technology and connecting – ALSC Blog

A pandemic side effect: low morale in public libraries – Public Libraries Online

Sharjah World Book Capital leads Beirut Library restoration aid – Publishing Perspectives

Why GoodReads is bad for books – NewStatesman


8 transgender YA books written by trans and nonbinary authors – Book Riot

2020 pandemic novels for young readers – Publishers Weekly

Laurie Halse Anderson and Tiffany Jackson discuss YA and the Me Too movement – EW

Portable and tote-able: 60 fall 2020 YA paperbacks – Book Riot

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 11


Your go-to roundup of fall books for all reading levels – QNS


13 spectacular young adult books from independent publishers – BuzzFeed

18 diverse YA horror books packed with thrills, chills, and #ownvoices tales – Book Riot

40 YA novels that come out in the first half of 2021 that we’re already excited for – BuzzFeed

Antiracist young adult books for tweens and teens – Pop Times

Five years later: on the enduring legacy of All American Boys – Literary Hub

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – August 28


35 diverse & inclusive books for ‘Back to School’ – Literally Cultured

Anti-racist books for kids and teens – HuffPost Canada

Finalists for the Washington State Book Awards – Washington Center for the Book


Board of Trustees for Omaha Public Library pushing to get branches reopened – Fox42

Douglas County Library Board of Trustees will investigate library director, staff over support for BLM Movement – The Sierra Nevada Ally

‘Heartbreaking’: librarians sound public alarms about Multnomah County layoffs – KGW8

Libraries are crucial to disaster recovery, but the coronavirus is keeping them closed – Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The library is open (sort of…) – Publishers Weekly

Our library staff have all been reassigned to do childcare for county workers – Ask a Manager


7 YA books about schizophrenia – Book Riot

10 new YA nonfiction books worth adding to your TBR pile – The Young Folks

16 wonderful #ownvoices YA books about disability – Book Riot

‘Punching the Air’ novel inspired by Dr. Yusef Salaam of The Exonerated Five – The Grio

Sarah Crossan: Why I write through verse, and why we fall out of love with poetry – Irish Examiner

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – August 21


25 books about simple outdoor adventures – Colorado Parent

Beverly Cleary turned 104 this year — glimpse into the iconic children’s book author’s life – AmoMama

Writer makes beloved children’s books less co-dependent and weird – Yahoo


Anne Arundel library system scales back indoor operations after customers refuse to wear masks – Capital Gazette

Hawaii State Public Libraries are suspending computer time – KHON

With coronavirus lockdowns may libraries (and librarians) have been more fabulous than ever – The Guardian


Our Chemical Hearts author Krystal Sutherland on why the film adaptation is ‘different tonally’ – Entertainment Weekly

Renee Watson’s ‘Piecing Me Together’ novel lands film adaptation at Warner Horizon – Variety

Zoning out of reading: most 15-year-olds now ‘only read if I have to’ – NZ Herald

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – August 14

What the amazing people I work with at the Appleton Public Library are doing:

Appleton Post Crescent article on the program.


20 children’s books that celebrate teachers – HuffPo

Tesco stops selling ‘racist’ mermaid t-shirt and children’s book featuring same design will be pulped – Yahoo!


‘Fear Street’: Netflex acquires movie trilogy adaptation of R.L. Stine’s books for summer 2021 premiere – Bloody Disgusting

Yes, Eleanor and Park is becoming a movie. No, it’s still not good Asian representation. – The Slice

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – August 7


10 best children’s books about anxiety for kids who worry – Hello!

15 diverse children’s and young adult books recommended by kids – Today

25 magnificent middle grade novels to get your hands on ASAP – BuzzFeed

Judy Blume’s teen classic ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ turns 50 – The Jerusalem Post

LeVar Burton is still reading to us during the pandemic – NPR

The Secret Garden: Film Review – Hollywood Reporter


Berkeley Public Library poised to get first permanent director in 3 years – Berkeleyside

Canadian libraries respond to ‘Globe and Mail’ essay attacking public libraries – Bay Observer

Disinfectant, gloves and quarantined books: how Massachusetts libraries are coping as they slowly reopen – WGBH

Hennepin Co. libraries ready for bigger role as distance learning approaches school year – KARE

How libraries stretch their capabilities to serve kids during a pandemic – KQED

Internet Archives fires back in lawsuit over Covid-19 Emergency Library – Motherboard


9 great August 2020 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

August 2020 YA book releases – Nerd Daily

How YA novelist Elizabeth Acevedo celebrates Caribbean-American teens – Island Origins

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 31


Back to school 2020: a children’s book list – Publishers Weekly

Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

New and forthcoming kids’ and YA books by Black creators – Publishers Weekly

Noteworthy new releases for children and teens: July 2020 – Publishers Weekly


Librarians alarmed about coronavirus safety at D.C.’s reopened public libraries – Washington Post

Librarians in Phoenix become healthcare workers – Book Riot

Nevada sheriff to library: support Black Lives Matter? Don’t bother calling 911 – USA Today

Overdue: Throwing the book at libraries – The Globe and Mail – this is not a recommended article based on its flawed logic about public libraries, but I like to know even what those who don’t appreciate libraries are saying

Rethinking Police Presence – American Libraries


12 young adult books to read written by Black authors – Pittsburgh City Paper