A Clockwork Orange/Anthony Burgess

A UT bookseller was arrested for selling this book in 1973. Read more


A Farewell to Arms/Ernest Hemingway

The June 1929 edition of Scribner’s Magazine, which published the book, was banned in Boston, MA. Read more


A Light in the Attic/Shel Silverstein

In 1985 this book was challenged at a WI elementary school for encourag[ing] children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them. Read more


A Prayer for Owen Meany/John Irving

In 2010, this book was removed from the Pelham, MA school district’s suggested reading list. Read more


A Wrinkle in Time/Madeleine L'Engle

This book has been challenged for both being too religious and not religious enough. Read more


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/Mark Twain

Months after the book’s release, it was banned by librarians in Concord, MA for being not suitable for trash. Read more


American Psycho/Bret Easton Ellis

Gloria Steinem urged people to boycott this book. Years later, her step-son Christian Bale starred in the movie adaptation of the book. Read more


An American Tragedy/Theodore Dreiser

In 1927, the book was banned in Boston, MA. Read more


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging/Louise Rennison

In 2009, a middle school in WI required students get written permission from their parents to read this book. Read more


Animal Farm/George Orwell

In 1987, 44 parents in Panama City, FL won a lawsuit in order to have the district’s ban on this book, and 46 others, lifted. Read more


Annie on My Mind/Nancy Garden

Copies of this book were burned on the Kansas City School District office’s steps. Read more


Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret./Judy Blume

Blume once said, “Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.” Read more


As I Lay Dying/William  Faulkner

Graves County School District in Mayfield, KY lifted the ban on this book after one week due to pressure from the ACLU. Read more


Beloved/Toni Morrison

When this book was removed from the Advanced Placement curriculum in Louisville, KY, the principal ordered the students to read The Scarlet Letter. Read more


Blood and Chocolate/Annette Curtis Klause

According to the ALA, this book was the 10th most challenged book in 2001. Read more


Bone (series)/Jeff  Smith

In response to learning about calls for the series to be banned, Smith said, “The point is that they are trying to take away someone else’s ability to choose what they want to read, and you can’t do that.” Read more


Brave New World/Aldous Huxley

Parents in Corona-Norco, CA attempted to get this book banned because it centered around negative activity. Read more


Brideshead Revisited/Evelyn Waugh

In 2005, AL Rep. Gerald Allen proposed legislation that would have banned the use of public funds to purchase books such as this one that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. Read more


Bridge to Terabithia/Katherine Paterson

According to the ALA, this book was the 8th most challenged book of the 1990s. Read more


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee/Dee  Brown

In 1974, a WI school district official justified a ban on this book by saying, If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it. Read more


Captain Underpants (series)/Dav Pilkey

According to the ALA, this was the most challenged book in 2013 and 2012. It also appears on their top 10 lists for 2002, 2004, and 2005. Read more


Carrie/Stephen King

In response to his books being banned in 1992, King told kids to “hustle down to your public library, where these frightened people’s reach must fall short in a democracy, or to your local bookstore, and get a copy of what has been banned. Read it carefully and discover what it is your elders don’t... Read more Read more


Cat’s Cradle/Kurt Vonnegut

In Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District (1976) a US district court overruled a school boards decision to remove this book from school libraries. Read more


Catch-22/Joseph Heller

In Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District (1976) a U.S. District Court overturned an OH school’s ban on the book. Read more


Crank/Ellen Hopkins

According to the ALA, this book was the 4th most challenged book in 2010. Read more


Fahrenheit 451/Ray Bradbury

In 1992, a middle school in Irvine, CA only provided a version of this book which redacted words such as hell and damn. Read more


Fifty Shades of Grey/E. L. James

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Read more


Fight Club/Chuck Palahniuk

In 2013, this book was removed from a Kathy, TX School District’s required reading list after parent complaints. Read more


Flowers for Algernon/Daniel Keyes

In 1981, this book was banned from an AK high school because it described the sex act in explicit four-letter terms. Read more


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic/Alison Bechdel

In 2015, this book was the subject of a FIRE case at Crafton Hills College. Read more


Go Ask Alice/ Anonymous

According to the ALA, this book was the 18th most challenged book of the 2000s. Read more


Go Tell It on the Mountain/James Baldwin

This book was challenged in Prince William County, VA in 1988 and Hudson Falls, NY in 1994. Read more


Gone with the Wind/Margaret Mitchell

The book was banned from Anaheim, CA high schools in 1978. Read more


Goosebumps (series)/R.L.  Stine

In response to calls for this series to be banned Stine said, “It is a badge of honor to have people try to ban your books from schools and school libraries, only because it means your books have become popular and are being noticed. Unpopular books seldom get banned.” Read more


Gossip Girl (series)/Cecily von Ziegesar

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2006, 2008, and 2011. Read more


Harry Potter (series)/J.K. Rowling

According to the ALA, this book was the most challenged book of the 2000s. Read more


Heather Has Two Mommies/Lesléa Newman

According to Newman, the book was banned, burned, and defecated on by library patrons in Ohio. Read more


His Dark Materials (series)/Philip Pullman

In response to the ALA listing his series as the second most challenged book in, 2008 Pullman said he was very glad to be back in the top 10 banned books. Read more


Howl and Other Poems/Allen  Ginsburg

In 1957, US Customs seized 520 copies of this book. Later that same year, this book was declared not obscene in a court decision. Read more


I Am Jazz/Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

According to the ALA, this book was the 4th most challenged in 2016 and 3nd most challenged in 2015. Read more


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings/Maya Angelou

In response to her books being banned, Angelou once said, “Many times I’ve been called the most banned. And many times my books are banned by people who never read two sentences.” Read more


In Cold Blood/Truman Capote

In 2012, parents in CA unsuccessfully attempted to bar a teacher from assigning this book. Read more


Invisible Man/Ralph Ellison

In 2013, this book was banned from school libraries in Randolph County, NC. Read more


James and the Giant Peach/Roald Dahl

In 1986, a WI town banned this book because religious groups thought a scene featuring a spider licking her lips could be taken in two ways, including sexual. Read more


Junie B. Jones (series)/Barbara Park

Park once said, “The first negative letter was from a grandmother in Minnesota who was annoyed that Junie B. had acted out and that she wasn’t using the Queen’s English.” Read more


Lady Chatterley’s Lover/D.H Lawrence

This book was banned by US customs in 1929. Read more


Leaves of Grass/Walt Whitman

The Yale University president in 1870 equated Whitman’s writing of this poem to walking naked through the streets. Read more


Lolita/Vladimir Nabokov

This book was not published in the US for 10 years due to its content. Read more


Looking for Alaska/John  Green

According to the ALA, this book was the most challenged book in 2012. It also appears on their top 10 lists for 2013 and 2016. Read more


Lord of the Flies/William Golding

In 1981, the book was challenged in NC because it implies man is little more than an animal. Read more


Mein Kampf/Adolf  Hitler

In 2016, this book was published for the first time since WWII in Germany. Read more


My Brother Sam Is Dead/James & Christopher Collier

According to the ALA, this book was the 12th most challenged book of the 1990s. Read more


My Sister’s Keeper/Jodi  Picoult

According to the ALA, this book was the 7th most challenged book in 2009. Read more


Naked Lunch/William S. Burroughs

In 1966, the State Supreme Court of MA reversed a Superior Court decision which found this book obscene. Read more


Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan/Jeanette Winter

This book was challenged in Eau Claire, WI for containing an Islamic prayer. Read more


Native Son/Richard Wright

This book was challenged in NH and NJ in 1978. Read more


Nineteen Eighty-Four/George Orwell

In 1981, this book was challenged in Jackson County, FL for being pro-communist ironically. Read more


Of Mice and Men/John  Steinbeck

In 1989, those who challenged the book in Chattanooga, TN cited Steinbeck’s anti-business attitude and questionable patriotism. Read more


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest/Ken Kesey

In 1978, the book was banned from an ID high school and a teacher was fired for assigning it. Read more


Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde

The uncensored version of this book was published for the first time by Harvard University Press in 2011. Read more


Rabbit, Run/John Updike

In 1976, high school students in Aroostook County, ME had to receive parental permission to borrow this book from school libraries. Read more


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry/Mildred D. Taylor

In 1993, this book was removed from a LA high school curriculum for racial bias. Read more


Saga (series)/Brian K. Vaughan

In 2013, due to a misinterpretation of Apple’s policy on part of the comic book subscription service ComiXology, the 12th book of this series was temporarily unavailable in the Apple App Store due to sexual content. Read more


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series)/Alvin Schwartz

According to the ALA, this book was the most challenged book in the 1990s and the 7th most challenged of the 2000s. Read more


Slaughterhouse-Five/Kurt Vonnegut

In 1973, this book was burned in Drake, ND. Read more


Song of Solomon/Toni Morrison

In 2009, a high school in Shelby, MI lifted its ban on this book, but for it to be assigned parents had to be informed in writing and in person about the book’s content. Read more


Sons and Lovers/D.H. Lawrence

In 1961, Mothers United for Decency made a smut mobile and displayed this book. Read more


Sophie’s Choice/William Styron

In 2002, calls for this book’s censorship due to sexual content failed at CA’s La Mirada High School. Read more


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian/Sherman Alexie

According to the ALA, this book was the most challenged book in 2014. It also appears on their top 10 lists from 2010 to 2013. Read more


The Anarchist Cookbook/William Powell

In 2000, Powell called for his book to no longer be published, but did not hold the copyright needed to stop its publication. Read more


The Autobiography of Malcolm X/Alex Haley and Malcolm X

In 1994, a Jacksonville, FL library required permission slips for teens who wanted to check this book out. Read more


The Awakening/Kate Chopin

Chopin was removed from her Fine Arts Club after publishing this book. Read more


The Bible/Unkown

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2015. Read more


The Call of the Wild/Jack  London

This book was burned in Nazi Germany and banned in Italy and Yugoslavia. Read more


The Catcher in the Rye/J.D. Salinger

In 1963, this book was challenged by parents in Tulsa, OK for being anti-white and obscene. Read more


The Chocolate War/Robert Cormier

According to the ALA, this book was the 3rd most challenged book of the 1990s and 4th most challenged in the 2000s. Read more


The Color Purple/Alice Walker

According to the ALA, this book was the 17th most challenged book in both the 1990s and 2000s. Read more


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time/Mark  Haddon

According to the ALA, this book was the 5th most challenged book in 2015. Read more


The Face on the Milk Carton/Caroline B. Cooney

According to the ALA, this book was the 29th most challenged book of the 2000s. Read more


The Fighting Ground/ Avi

In 2009, this book was banned from a Panama City, FL school library due to the soldiers’ use of profanity. Read more


The Giver/Lois Lowry

According to the ALA, this book was the 11th most challenged book in both the 1990s. Read more


The Glass Castle/Jeannette Walls

According to the ALA, this book was the 9th most challenged book in 2012. Read more


The Grapes of Wrath/John  Steinbeck

In 1939, copies of the book were burned by the East St. Louis Public Library. Read more


The Great Gatsby/F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book was challenged at Charleston, SC’s Baptist College in 1987. Read more


The Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood

In 2012, parents in Guilford County, NC tried to have this book banned because it denigrate[s] Christianity. Read more


The Hunger Games/Suzanne  Collins

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Read more


The Jungle/Upton Sinclair

This book was burned in Nazi Germany and has been banned in Yugoslavia and South Korea. Read more


The Kite Runner/Khaled Hosseini

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2008, 2012, 2014. Read more


The Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkien

In 2001, copies of this book were burned outside of a church in NM in a holy fire. Read more


The Outsiders/S.E. Hinton

In 1986, this book was challenged in Milwaukee, WI partially because virtually all the characters are from broken homes. Read more


The Perks of Being a Wallflower/Stephen  Chbosky

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2004, 2006-2009, 2013, and 2014. Read more


The Satanic Verses/Salman Rushdie

Ayatollah Khomeni issued a fatwa calling for the death of Rushdie for publishing this book. Read more


The Sun Also Rises/Ernest  Hemingway

In 1930, this book was banned in Boston, MA. In 1960, it was banned in Riverside and San Jose, CA. Read more


The Things They Carried/Tim O'Brien

This book was challenged in a TX school district in 2016 for being complete garbage trash. Read more


Their Eyes Were Watching God/Zora Neale Hurston

A 1997 challenge based on the book’s sexual content failed at Brentsville, VA’s Stonewall Jackson High School. Read more


Thirteen Reasons Why/Jay  Asher

After the release of the Netflix show based off this book and 7 teen suicides, it was temporarily pulled from a CO school district’s libraries. Read more


To Kill a Mockingbird/Harper Lee

In 1977, this book was temporarily banned in Eden Vally, MN for profanity such as damn and whore lady. Read more


Tropic of Cancer/Henry Miller

This book was banned by US Customs in 1934. In Grove Press v. Gerstein (1964) the Supreme Court of the US found that the book was not obscene. Read more


ttyl (series)/Lauren Myracle

When asked about those who want to ban her books Myracle once said, “They want to keep their kids safe. But parents aren’t always realistic. One said to me, ‘I can’t believe you introduced my 13-year-old daughter to thong underwear.’ I’m pretty sure she knows about them already.” Read more


Twilight (series)/Stephenie Meyer

This book made the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books in 2009 and 2010. Read more


Ulysses/James Joyce

In the 1920s, the US Post Office burned copies of the book. Read more


Uncle Tom’s Cabin/Harriet Beecher Stowe

This book was burned throughout the south after its release due to its abolitionist message. Read more


Where’s Waldo?/Martin Handford

A Long Island school in the 1990s banned this book due to an illustration of a woman sunbathing topless. Read more