Recently Challenged and Banned Books

Broad

Top 3 Challenged books

1990 - 1999
  1. Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy's Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Top 3 Challenged Books

2000 - 2009
  1. Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  2. Alice Series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  3. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier

Specific

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carol

1931

Banned for a time in China for it's portrayal of anthropomorphized animals acting on the same level of complexity of humans.

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

1939

Temporarily banned in California for it's unflattering portrayal of the area in the state that the book took place in.

All Quiet on the Western Front, by Eric Remaque

1941 - 1944

Banned in Nazi Germany for it's insulting of the Wehrmacht.

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

1943 - 1945

Banned from print by Allies during wartime for it's critical view on the U.S.S.R. Still banned in North Korea, Cuba, and China.

The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

1947

Banned in Lebanon for it's favorable portrayal of Jews.

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

1949

Oliver Twist was challenged because of it's satanic like portrayal of a Jewish character. The book was not banned, although Dickens did rewrite the story with many alterations to the Jewish character.

Borstral Boy, by Brenden Behan

1958 - Present

Banned in Ireland for undisclosed reasons, but assumed to be because of its views and portrayals of Irish Republicanism.

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

1965 - 1991

Banned in the People's Republic of China for it's portrayal on Marxism. The ban was lifted after Seuss had passed away.

The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell

1971

Banned in Australia for a time.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

1972 - 1979

Banned in several states in the U.S. during these times, although they were eventually unbanned.

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

1982

Challenged in 1976 for being, among other things, "just plain filthy." Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that it could not be banned by the NY school board and was reinstated into school libraries.

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

december 31 2000 - december 31 2002

Reasons for challenge: anti-family, occult/satanism, religious viewpoints, and violence.

Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

december 31 2002 - december 31 2003

Reasons for challenge: sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group.

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

december 31 2003 - december 31 2004

Reasons for challenge: offensive language, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit, violence, and unsuited to age group.

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

december 31 2005 - december 31 2008

Reasons for challenge: anti-family, homosexuality, sexism, religious viewpoint, anti-ethnic, and unsuited to age group.

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

december 31 2008 - december 31 2009

Reasons for challenge: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

december 31 2009 - december 31 2010

Reason for challenge: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group.

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

December 31 2010 - December 31 2011

Reasons for challenge: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.

Author

J.K. Rowling

december 31 2000 - december 31 2002

Most challenged author during these years.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

december 31 2002 - december 31 2004

Most challenged author during these years.

Judy Blume

december 31 2004 - december 31 2005

Most challenged author this year.

Chris Crutcher

december 31 2005 - december 31 2006

Most challenged author this year.

Robert Cormier

december 31 2006 - december 31 2007

Most challenged author this year.

Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.

december 31 2007 - december 31 2008

Most challenged authors this year.

Lauren Myracle

december 31 2008 - december 31 2009

Most challenged author this year.

Ellen Hopkins

december 21 2009 - december 31 2010

Most challenged author this year.

Lauren Myracle

december 31 2010 - december 31 2011

Most challenged author this year.