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100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 2000-2009 and 1990-1999

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Ever wonder what the top 100 most challenged books of the 2000s were? Of the 90s? Well, you’re in luck, dear reader! The American Library Association knows the answer to not one but both of these questions! In honor of this last (week)day of Banned Books Week, I’ve gone and compiled both of those top 100 lists so that you can see:

  1. what books were challenged in what decade
  2. which ones are being continuously challenged throughout the years
  3. see all the silly titles people are taking issue with (cough cough Captain Underpants cough cough)
  4. get some ideas for new books to add to your list.

After all, isn’t it fun to read a book that somebody else thinks is so deviant that they tried to take it away from people? It sends such a rebellious tingle down my spine!

Per usual because I like to keep things consistent, I’ve bolded the titles that I’ve personally read. Some show up more than once, as some titles that were challenged in the 90s are still ticking people off so they challenged them in the 2000s as well. How many have you read, dear reader, and how many do you want to read?

Top 100 for 2000-2009

  1. Harry Potter (series)~J. K. Rowling
  2. Alice (series)~Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  3. The Chocolate War~Robert Cormier
  4. And Tango Makes Three~Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
  5. Of Mice and Men~John Steinbeck
  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings~Maya Angelou
  7. Scary Stories (series)~Alvin Schwartz
  8. His Dark Materials (series)~Philip Pullman
  9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series)~Lauren Myracle
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower~Stephen Chbosky
  11. Fallen Angels~Walter Dean Myers
  12. It’s Perfectly Normal~Robie Harris
  13. Captain Underpants (series)~Dav Pilkey
  14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn~Mark Twain
  15. The Bluest Eye~Toni Morrison
  16. Forever~Judy Blume
  17. The Color Purple~Alice Walker
  18. Go Ask Alice~Anonymous
  19. The Catcher in the Rye~J. D. Salinger
  20. King and King~Linda de Haan
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee
  22. Gossip Girl (series)~Cecily von Ziegesar
  23. The Giver~Lois Lowry
  24. In the Night Kitchen~Maurice Sendak
  25. Killing Mr. Griffen~Lois Duncan
  26. Beloved~Toni Morrison
  27. My Brother Sam is Dead~James Lincoln Collier
  28. Bridge to Terabithia~Katherine Paterson
  29. The Face on the Milk Carton~Caroline B. Cooney
  30. We All Fall Down~Robert Cormier
  31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know~Sonya Sones
  32. Bless Me, Ultima~Rudolfo Anaya
  33. Snow Falling on Cedars~David Guterson
  34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things~Carolyn Mackler
  35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging~Louise Rennison
  36. Brave New World~Aldous Huxley
  37. It’s So Amazing~Robie Harris
  38. Arming America~Michael Bellasiles
  39. Kaffir Boy~Mark Mathabane
  40. Life is Funny~E. R. Frank
  41. Whale Talk~Chris Crutcher
  42. The Fighting Group~Avi
  43. Blubber~Judy Blume
  44. Athletic Shorts~Chris Crutcher
  45. Crazy Lady~Jane Leslie Conly
  46. Slaughterhouse-Five~Kurt Vonnegut
  47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby~Dav Pilkey (credited George Beard & Harold Hutchins)
  48. Rainbow Boys~Alex Sanchez
  49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest~Ken Kesey
  50. The Kite Runner~Khaled Hosseini
  51. Daughters of Eve~Louis Duncan
  52. The Great Gilly Hopkins~Katherine Paterson
  53. You Hear Me?~Betsy Franco
  54. The Facts Speak for Themselves~Brock Cole
  55. Summer of My German Soldier~Bette Green
  56. When Dad Killed Mom~Julius Lester
  57. Blood and Chocolate~Annette Curtis Klause
  58. Fat Kid Rules the World~K. L. Going
  59. Olive’s Ocean~Kevin Henkes
  60. Speak~Laurie Halse Anderson
  61. Draw Me A Star~Eric Carle
  62. The Stupids (series)~Harry Allard
  63. The Terrorist~Caroline B. Cooney
  64. Mich Harte Was Here~Barbara Park
  65. The Things They Carried~Tim O’Brien
  66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry~Mildred Taylor
  67. A Time to Kill~John Grisham
  68. Always Running~Luis Rodriguez
  69. Fahrenheit 451~Ray Bradbury
  70. Harris and Me~Gary Paulsen
  71. Junie B. Jones (series)~Barbara Park
  72. Song of Solomon~Toni Morrison
  73. What’s Happening to My Body Book~Lynda Madaras
  74. The Lovely Bones~Alice Sebold
  75. Anastasia (series)~Lois Lowry
  76. A Prayer for Owen Meany~John Irving
  77. Crazy: A Novel~Benjamin Lebert
  78. The Joy of Gay Sex~Dr. Charles Silverstein
  79. The Upstairs Room~Johanna Reiss
  80. A Day No Pigs Would Die~Robert Newton Peck
  81. Black Boy~Richard Wright
  82. Deal With It!~Esther Drill
  83. Detour for Emmy~Marilyn Reynolds
  84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove~Yoko Watkins
  85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes~Chris Crutcher
  86. Cut~Patricia McCormick
  87. Tiger Eyes~Judy Blume
  88. The Handmaid’s Tale~Margaret Atwood
  89. Friday Night Lights~H. G. Bissenger
  90. A Wrinkle in Time~Madeline L’Engle
  91. Julie of the Wolves~Jean Craighead George
  92. The Boy Who Lost His Face~Louis Sachar
  93. Bumps in the Night~Harry Allard
  94. Goosebumps (series)~R. L. Stine
  95. Shade’s Children~Garth Nix
  96. Grendel~John Gardner
  97. The House of the Spirits~Isabel Allende
  98. I Saw Esau~Iona Opte
  99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret~Judy Blume
  100. America: A Novel~E. R. Frank

Top 100 for 1990-1999

  1. Scary Stories (series)~Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate~Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings~Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War~Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn~Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men~John Steinbeck
  7. Forever~Judy Blume
  8. Bridge to Terabithia~Katherine Paterson
  9. Heather Has Two Mommies~Leslea Newman
  10. The Catcher in the Rye~J. D. Salinger
  11. The Giver~Lois Lowry
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead~James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. It’s Perfectly Normal~Robie Harris
  14. Alice (series)~Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  15. Goosebumps (series)~R. L. Stine
  16. A Day No Pigs Would Die~Robert Newton Peck
  17. The Color Purple~Alice Walker
  18. Sex~Madonna
  19. Earth’s Children (series)~Jean M. Auel
  20. The Great Gilly Hopkins~Katherine Paterson
  21. In the Night Kitchen~Maurice Sendak
  22. The Witches~Roald Dahl
  23. A Wrinkle in Time~Madeleine L’Engle
  24. The New Joy of Gay Sex~Charles Silverstein
  25. Go Ask Alice~Anonymous
  26. The Goats~Brock Cole
  27. The Stupids (series)~Harry Allard
  28. Anastasia Krupnik (series)~Lois Lowry
  29. Final Exit~Derek Humphry
  30. Blubber~Judy Blume
  31. Halloween ABC~Eve Merriam
  32. Julie of the Wolves~Jean Craighead George
  33. Kaffir Boy~Mark Mathabane
  34. The Bluest Eye~Toni Morrison
  35. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters~Lynda Madaras
  36. Fallen Angels~Walter Dean Myers
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale~Margaret Atwood
  38. The Outsiders~S. E. Hinton
  39. The Pigman~Paul Zindel
  40. To Kill A Mockingbird~Harper Lee
  41. We All Fall Down~Robert Cormier
  42. Deenie~Judy Blume
  43. Flowers for Algernon~Daniel Keyes
  44. Annie on My Mind~Nancy Garden
  45. Beloved~Toni Morrison
  46. The Boy Who Lost His Face~Louis Sachar
  47. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat~Alvin Schwartz
  48. Harry Potter (series)~J. K. Rowling
  49. Cujo~Stephen King
  50. James and the Giant Peach~Roald Dahl
  51. A Light in the Attic~Shel Silverstein
  52. Ordinary People~Judith Guest
  53. American Psycho~Bret Easton Ellis
  54. Brave New World~Aldous Huxley
  55. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy~Anne Rice (under penname A. N. Roquelaure)
  56. Bumps in the Night~Harry Allard
  57. Asking About Sex and Growing Up~Joanna Cole
  58. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons~Lynda Madaras
  59. The Anarchist Cookbook~William Powell
  60. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret~Judy Blume
  61. Boys and Sex~Wardell Pomeroy
  62. Crazy Lady~Jane Conly
  63. Athletic Shorts~Chris Crutcher
  64. Killing Mr. Griffin~Lois Duncan
  65. Fade~Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What?~Mem Fox
  67. Slaughterhouse-Five~Kurt Vonnegut
  68. Lord of the Flies~William Golding
  69. Native Son~Richard Wright
  70. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies~Nancy Friday
  71. Curses, Hexes, and Spells~Daniel Cohen
  72. On My Honor~Marion Dane Bauer
  73. The House of Spirits~Isabel Allende
  74. Jack~A. M. Homes
  75. Arizona Kid~Ron Koertge
  76. Family Secrets~Norma Klein
  77. Mommy Laid an Egg~Babette Cole
  78. Bless Me, Ultima~Rudolfo A. Anaya
  79. Where Did I Come From?~Peter Mayle
  80. The Face on the Milk Carton~Caroline Cooney
  81. Carrie~Stephen King
  82. The Dead Zone~Stephen King
  83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer~Mark Twain
  84. Song of Solomon~Toni Morrison
  85. Always Running~Luis Rodriguez
  86. Private Parts~Howard Stern
  87. Where’s Waldo?~Martin Hanford
  88. Summer of My German Soldier~Bette Greene
  89. Tiger Eyes~Judy Blume
  90. Little Black Sambo~Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth~Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose~Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education~Jenny Davis
  94. Jumper~Steven Gould
  95. Christine~Stephen King
  96. The Drowning of Stephen Jones~Bette Greene
  97. That Was Then, This is Now~S. E. Hinton
  98. Girls and Sex~Wardell Pomeroy
  99. The Wish Giver~Bill Brittain
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom~James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier
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