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

Top 11 Most Challenged Books in 2018

The American Library Association has released the top eleven most challenged books from last year. Their Office of Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to materials in 2018 that included 483 books. You will see that once again many of the books are challenged for having LGBTQIA+ content. Here are the top ten:

George A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

George by Alex Gino

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) The Hate U Give

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Drama Thirteen Reasons Why

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This One Summer Skippyjon Jones

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian This Day in June

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

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

 

2012 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books

The American Library Association in their State of American Libraries report for 2013, listed the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books.  These numbers from from 464 recorded challenges to books that year:

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Thirteen Reasons Why

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) And Tango Makes Three

Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)

And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)

The Kite Runner Looking for Alaska Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)

The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)

Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)

The Glass Castle Beloved

The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)

Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)