A Decade of Banned and Challenged Books in the United States

The American Library Association has released its list of the 100 most frequently banned and challenged books in U.S. public libraries and schools in 2010–19:




The most frequently challenged book was Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.


At least two Canadian titles appear on the list:


  • (29) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • (43) This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki


Other noteworthy titles include


  • (10) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • (11) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • (12) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • (15) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • (26) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • (28) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • (33) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • (39) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • (40) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • (49) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • (52) The Bible
  • (62) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • (71) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • (73) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • (79) Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell


News byte courtesy: R. Franklin Carter