ALA 100 Banned Books

ALA 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-1999

The following is a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-1999, as recorded by the ALA. I have crossed out the books I have read – nearly all of them before the age of 16 – and have indicated when I read them. I am sorry haven’t read more than I have, but I am going to change that.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz* some
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite*4/2006
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier*high school
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*high school
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling*1999-2007
Forever by Judy Blume*high school
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson*elementary school
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman*4/2006
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry*2/2006
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine — one or 2
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck*elementary school
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel* first 3
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson*elementary school
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle*elementary school
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous *teen years
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak*11/2005
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard*4/2006
The Witches by Roald Dahl*2/2006
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein (don’t really see the need to read this one)
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry* most
The Goats by Brock Cole*elementary school
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume*elementary school
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan*middle school
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – started this one in 2012, will try again
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras*4/2006 (don’t really see the need to read all of  this one)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 2011
Beloved by Toni Morrison*college
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume* high school
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes*high school
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein*childhood
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl*elementary school
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras*4/2006 (don’t really see the need to read all of  this one)
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume*elementary school
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly*1/2006
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney*middle school
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*3/2006
Lord of the Flies by William Golding* High School
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle*childhood
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume*
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer*elementary school
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole*4/2006
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford*1999
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell*elementary school
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

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