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Banned Books: Children and Young Adult Literature

Observing "Banned Books" Week and a Guide to Resources for Eng 85 and Eng 270

Most Challenged in 2021

  See the Full List for 2021 and Previous Years

Top 10 Most Challenged Books for 2021

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

The American Library Association tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021.

Of the 1,597 individual books that were challenged or banned in 2021, here are the top 10 most challenged

  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  2. REASONS: Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images

  3. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
  4. REASONS: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit

  5. All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Jonson
  6. REASONS: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit

  7. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  8. REASONS: Banned, challenged, and restricted for depictions of abuse and because it was considered to be sexually explicit

  9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  10. REASONS: Banned and challenged for profanity, violence, and it was thought to promote an antipolice message and indoctrination of a social agenda

  11. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  12. REASONS: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and use of a derogatory term

  13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  14. REASONS: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and degrading to women

  15. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  16. REASONS: Banned and challenged because it depicts child sexual abuse and was considered sexually explicit

  17. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  18. REASONS: Banned, challenged, relocated, and restricted for providing sexual education and LGBTQIA+ content

  19. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
  20. REASONS: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit

Challenged Titles from Previous Years

Some Examples in Mendocino College Library and Beyond

**Check Out This List of Frequently Challenged Children's Books**

Young Adult Books Frequently Banned or Challenged

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