List of most commonly challenged books in the United States

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This list of most commonly challenged books lists some of the books challenged in the United States.[1]

In the United States, many books have been challenged by a variety of groups and agencies to prevent a particular work from being read by the general public.[2] In recent years, it has become more common for those challenging the availability of a book to do so on a local level, targeting public libraries and school libraries. Many communities have a formal process by which a citizen may challenge the public availability of a work.


List of most commonly challenged books in the United States (Alphabetical order)[1][3]
Title Author Source
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain ALA
Alice series Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ALA [2]
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren Rad
Always Running Luis J. Rodriguez ALA [66]
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis ALA
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser Rad
The Anarchist Cookbook William Powell ALA
Anastasia Again! Lois Lowry ALA [81]
And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell ALA [9]
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Louise Rennison ALA [32]
Annie on My Mind Nancy Garden ALA
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume ALA [82]
Arming America Michael Bellasiles ALA [34]
Arizona Kid Ron Koertge ALA
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner Rad
Asking About Sex and Growing Up Joanna Cole ALA
Athletic Shorts Chris Crutcher ALA [38]
Beloved Toni Morrison ALA [24] /Rad
Black Boy Richard Wright ALA [67]
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo A. Anaya ALA [39]
Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause ALA [54]
Blubber Judy Blume ALA [36]
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison ALA [12]
The Boy Who Lost His Face Louis Sachar ALA [79]
Boys and Sex Wardell Pomeroy ALA
Brave New World Aldous Huxley ALA [37] /Rad
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson ALA [20]
Bumps in the Night Harry Allard ALA [83]
The Call of the Wild Jack London Rad
Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey ALA [10]
Carrie Stephen King ALA
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger ALA [19] /Rad
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Rad
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Rad
The Chocolate War Robert Cormier ALA [3]
Christine Stephen King ALA
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Rad
The Color Purple Alice Walker ALA [14] /Rad
Crank Ellen Hopkins ALA
Crazy Lady! Jane Conly ALA [42]
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat Alvin Schwartz ALA
Cujo Stephen King ALA
Curses, Hexes and Spells Daniel Cohen ALA
Cut Patricia McCormick ALA [86]
Daddy's Roommate Michael Willhoite ALA
A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck ALA
The Dead Zone Stephen King ALA
Deenie Judy Blume ALA
Detour for Emmy Marilyn Reynolds ALA
The Drowning of Stephan Jones Bette Greene ALA
Earth's Children (series) Jean M. Auel ALA
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty ALA
The Face on the Milk Carton Caroline B. Cooney ALA
Fade Robert Cormier ALA
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers ALA
Family Secrets Norma Klein ALA
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Rad
Final Exit Derek Humphry ALA
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes ALA
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway Rad
Forever Judy Blume ALA
Girls and Sex Wardell Pomeroy ALA
The Giver Lois Lowry ALA [014]
Go Ask Alice Anonymous ALA
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin Rad
The Goats Brock Cole ALA
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Rad
Goosebumps (series) R. L. Stine ALA
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Rad
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Rad
The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson ALA
Guess What? Mem Fox ALA
Halloween ABC Eve Merriam ALA
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood ALA
Harry Potter (series) J. K. Rowling ALA
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Rad
Heather Has Two Mommies Lesléa Newman ALA
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende ALA
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell ALA
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins ALA[4]
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou ALA
In Cold Blood Truman Capote Rad
In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak ALA
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Rad
It's Perfectly Normal Robie Harris ALA
It's So Amazing Robie Harris ALA
Jack A. M. Homes ALA
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl ALA
Jay's Journal Anonymous ALA
Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George ALA
Jump Ship to Freedom James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier ALA
Jumper Steven Gould ALA
The Jungle Upton Sinclair Rad
Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane ALA
Killing Mr. Griffin Lois Duncan ALA
Lady Chatterley's Lover D. H. Lawrence Rad
A Light in the Attic Shel Silverstein ALA
Little Black Sambo Helen Bannerman ALA
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Rad
Lord of the Flies William Golding ALA/ Rad
Mommy Laid An Egg Babette Cole ALA
My Brother Sam Is Dead James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier ALA
The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer Rad
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs Rad
Native Son Richard Wright ALA /Rad
The New Joy of Gay Sex Charles Silverstein and Felice Picano ALA
Nineteen Eighty-four (1984) George Orwell Rad
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck ALA /Rad
On My Honor Marion Dane Bauer ALA
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey Rad
Ordinary People Judith Guest ALA
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton ALA
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky ALA
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett ALA
The Pigman Paul Zindel ALA
Private Parts Howard Stern ALA
Rabbit, Run John Updike Rad
The Rabbit's Wedding Garth Williams ALA
Rainbow Boys Alex Sánchez ALA
Running Loose Chris Crutcher ALA
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie Rad
Scary Stories (series) Alvin Schwartz ALA
A Separate Peace John Knowles Rad
Sex Madonna ALA
Sex Education Jenny Davis ALA
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut ALA [069] /Rad
The Sledding Hill Chris Crutcher ALA
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) ALA
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison ALA /Rad
Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence Rad
The Stupids (series) Harry Allard ALA
Summer of My German Soldier Bette Greene ALA
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Rad
That Was Then, This Is Now S. E. Hinton ALA
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Rad
Tiger Eyes Judy Blume ALA
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee ALA [041] /Rad
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller Rad
Ulysses James Joyce Rad
View from the Cherry Tree Willo Davis Roberts ALA
We All Fall Down Robert Cormier ALA
Whale Talk Chris Crutcher ALA
What My Mother Doesn't Know Sonya Sones ALA
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons Lynda Madaras ALA
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters Lynda Madaras ALA
Where Did I Come From? Peter Mayle ALA
The Wish Giver Bill Brittain ALA
The Witches Roald Dahl ALA
Women in Love D. H. Lawrence Rad
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies Nancy Friday ALA
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle ALA

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  1. ^ a b "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990–1999". American Library Association. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  2. ^ American Library Association. "About Banned and Challenged Books". American Library Association. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th century". Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ American Library Association. "Frequently challenged books of the 21st century". Frequently challenged books of the 21st Century. American Library Association. Retrieved 29 March 2015.