Ever wondered if you have read a “banned book”? It’s quite possible you have. Despite books being frequently challenged and sometimes outright banned, they seem to find a way into the public’s hands. Regardless of whether you agree with the books or not, it is important to safeguard our right to free speech and free reading. Censorship threatens those rights. Therefore, it is critical to uphold our rights by reading freely, supporting authors of all types, and discussing the subjects these books bring forward–no matter how controversial they may be.

What have the most challenged books over the last decade been? Without further ado, below is a list of the top most banned books for the years 2001-2015.

  • 2001 and 2002 – Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  • 2003 – Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 2004 – The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  • 2005 – It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 – And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • 2009 and 2011 – ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
  • 2012 and 2013 – Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
  • 2014 – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  • 2015Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Recognize any familiar names? Many of the most popular books at the time were banned, for various reasons. More information on these and other frequently banned books can be found at the link below.

Information for this post derived from ALA (American Library Association).


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