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The Most Challenged Books

 

We are continuing our recognition of Banned Book Week with lists of some of the most challenged books.

Over the years, books have been challenged for a wide variety of reasons. Some for referring to magic and witchcraft (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, for example), or tackling difficult subjects like teen suicide (such as Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher). Still others were deemed questionable because of offensive language (Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey) or for promoting non-Christian religions (Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini). Many books have been denounced because of sexual content, violence and content deemed not age-appropriate. 

The most commonly challenged books today deal with LGBTQ content. George by Alex Gino, which is about a transgender child, has been on the list every year since 2016. And there are so many others.

Here is a partial list of books that have been challenged or banned in our country. We encourage you to read them and enjoy!! The links below will take you to digital copies available from our online resourfes. Many of these titles are also available in print or audiobook format in our physical collection. Put one on hold today!

Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2019

George by Alex Gino

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss

Sex is Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haak (Print)

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Print)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Drama by Raina Telegemeir

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Banned and Challenged Classics

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Print)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin (Print)

The Lords of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Frequently Banned and Challenged Young Adult Books

Speak by Laurie Halse

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Paper Towns by John Green

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Frequently Challenged Children’s Books

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Print)

Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep (Print)

Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Where’s Waldo by Martin Hanford

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

 

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