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Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Decade

by Sarah Obenauf on 2020-10-01T09:57:55-06:00 | Comments


Earlier this week, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) announced the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Decade (2009-2019).

Since 1990, the OIF has been documenting attempts to ban book in libraries and schools. This list for 2009-2019 was compiled by reviewing both the public and confidental censorship reports it received.

OIF depends on libraries, schools, and other institutions to self-report instances of challenges or bans. OIF estimates that about 82-97% of challenges remain unreported, thus providing us with only a small snapshot of book challenges around the nation.

Find more information on OIF and reporting a challenge at this website.

Top 10 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Decade (2009-2019) 

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  9. Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle
  10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

For the full list, please visit this website.

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