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Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019

As Stated by ALA/American Library Association

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has been documenting attempts to ban books in libraries and schools since 1990. OIF compiled this list of the most banned and challenged books from 2010-2019 by reviewing both the public and confidential censorship reports it received.

This list draws attention to literary censorship but only provides a snapshot of book challenges. About 82-97% of challenges remain unreported, estimates OIF, which compared results from several independent studies of third-party FOIA requests documenting school and library book censorship with the information in its database.

OIF offers direct support to communities to defend their right to access information. If you’re able, please consider a donation to OIF to ensure this important work continues.

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

  2. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

  5. George by Alex Gino

  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

  7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

  8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

  9. Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle

  10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  12. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  13. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel

  14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  16. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

  17. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

  18. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

  19. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

  20. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

  21. Alice McKinley (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

  22. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris

  23. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

  24. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

  25. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  27. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

  28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  29. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  31. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

  32. It's a Book by Lane Smith

  33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  34. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

  35. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

  36. A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

  37. Bad Kitty (series) by Nick Bruel

  38. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

  39. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

  40. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  41. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey

  42. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

  43. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

  44. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

  45. Beloved by Toni Morrison

  46. Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine

  47. In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco

  48. Lush by Natasha Friend

  49. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

  50. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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

  52. The Holy Bible

  53. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

  54. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  55. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  56. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar

  57. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast

  58. My Mom's Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler

  59. Neonomicon by Alan Moore

  60. The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake

  61. The Giver by Lois Lowry

  62. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  63. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

  64. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

  65. Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia

  66. Fade by Lisa McMann

  67. The Family Book by Todd Parr

  68. Feed by M.T. Anderson

  69. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

  70. Habibi by Craig Thompson

  71. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  72. Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

  73. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  74. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

  75. Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

  76. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

  77. Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag

  78. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

  79. 1984 by George Orwell

  80. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  81. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

  82. Awakening by Kate Chopin

  83. Burned by Ellen Hopkins

  84. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  85. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

  86. Glass by Ellen Hopkins

  87. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman

  88. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  89. Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans

  90. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

  91. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

  92. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie

  93. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner

  94. So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

  95. The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim

  96. The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

  97. The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman

  98. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

  99. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen

  100. . Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

...and every last one of them is absolutely a must read.

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