American Library Association's "The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000"

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Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. These are those books most banned between the years 1990 and 2000.

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  1. 1.
    Scary Stories Boxed Set
    by Alvin Schwartz

  2. 2.
    Daddy's Roommate (Alyson Wonderland)
    by Michael Willhoite

  3. 3.
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou

  4. 4.
    The Chocolate War
    by Robert Cormier

  5. 6.
    Of Mice and Men
    by John Steinbeck

  6. 7.
    Harry Potter series
    by J.K. Rowling

  7. 8.
    by Judy Blume

  8. 9.
    Bridge to Terabithia
    by Katherine Paterson

  9. 10.

  10. 12.
    My Brother Sam Is Dead (A Newberry Honor Book)
    by James Lincoln Collier

  11. 13.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J.D. Salinger

  12. 14.
    The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf))
    by Lois Lowry

  13. 15.

  14. 16.
    Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine

  15. 17.
    A Day No Pigs Would Die
    by Robert Newton Peck

  16. 18.
    The Color Purple
    by Alice Walker

  17. 19.
    by Madonna

  18. 21.
    The Great Gilly Hopkins
    by Katherine Paterson

  19. 22.
    A Wrinkle in Time
    by Madeleine L'Engle

  20. 23.
    Go Ask Alice
    by Anonymous

  21. 24.
    Fallen Angels
    by Walter Dean Myers

  22. 25.
    In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection)
    by Maurice Sendak

  23. 26.
    The Stupids (Series)
    by Harry Allard

  24. 27.
    The Witches
    by Roald Dahl

  25. 28.
    The New Joy of Gay Sex
    by Charles Silverstein

  26. 29.
    Anastasia Krupnik (Series)

  27. 30.
    The Goats (A Sunburst book)
    by Brock Cole

  28. 32.
    by Judy Blume

  29. 33.
    Killing Mr. Griffin
    by Lois Duncan

  30. 34.
    Halloween ABC
    by Eve Merriam

  31. 35.
    We All Fall Down
    by Robert Cormier

  32. 37.
    The Handmaid's Tale
    by Margaret Atwood

  33. 38.
    Julie of the Wolves (HarperClassics)
    by Jean Craighead George

  34. 39.
    The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Toni Morrison

  35. 40.

  36. 41.
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee

  37. 42.
    by Toni Morrison

  38. 43.
    The Outsiders
    by S. E. Hinton

  39. 44.
    The Pigman
    by Paul Zindel

  40. 45.
    Bumps in the Night
    by Harry Allard

  41. 46.
    by Judy Blume

  42. 47.
    Flowers for Algernon (Bantam Classic)
    by Daniel Keyes

  43. 48.
    Annie on My Mind
    by Nancy Garden

  44. 49.
    The Boy Who Lost His Face
    by Louis Sachar

  45. 50.
    Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat
    by Alvin Schwartz

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WTF?!?! — 2 years ago

Seriously? Is this list for real??? This is absolutely shocking! It’s bad enough that people request most of these being banned but that the Librarys humoured the small minded (often racist – Lee, Morrison, Walker, Angelou) Nazis and took them off the shelves is worse.

I can’t even see what their complaints could be about (Rowling, Dahl…)

I’d be more than happy for my children to read most of these books.

As UK citizen I’m now off to see if there’s an equivalent list for this side of the pond!

Just fixed the list — 5 years ago

Please do not change it, unless it is to better follow the list source.

I'm so glad ... — 6 years ago

… that I grew up in a time when my teacher read James and the Giant Peach to our class, and Flowers for Algernon, To Kill a Mockingbird, Huck Finn and ACTUALSCIENCE were taught in schoolrooms.

Where did these book-banning people grow up? The Middle Ages? Germany in the ‘30s? I’m sort of surprised that Galileo’s Daughter hasn’t made the list.

Harry Potter...? — 6 years ago

Seriously…they tried to ban Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Why on earth?

I’ve read several of these books and I’m fine. Two of my all time favorites, The Giver and The Outsiders, I read countless times. The Catcher in the Rye I also thought was amazing.

waldo? — 6 years ago

For those of you who are wondering about how this book is banned… There is a topless woman in a beach scene. quite silly

wheres waldo — 6 years ago

wheres waldo? what?

Judy Blume — 7 years ago

I read all of Judy Blume’s books (except, I think that I missed Tiger Eyes) when I was young and I turned out just fine. I think that I even read Forever when I was twelve or thirteen and it didn’t make me a slut. When you are a young girl and you read those books, they make you feel like you are not going through something crazy and weird. I still don’t understand why they always cause such a stir.

banned books week — 7 years ago

I work at a public library and I decided to create a display for Banned Books Week in Sept. 06. I used this list, some lists of historically banned books, and the recent annual lists from ALA. I put a label on each book with an description of its particular challenges or bans.

The display was a huge hit! People were shocked that books are ‘still’ banned and challenged, people learned about the situation, people talked about it, and people read the books in huge numbers. Yay!

Where's Waldo? — 7 years ago

Wow, some of these are truly surprising…

Everyone should have “Where did I come from” on their shelves as a kid- great illustrations that are kid-appropriate and yet not wishy washy.

can I just say three cheers to :

Judy Blume

Stephen King

and Toni Morrison

for raising so much cain? Excelent work you three!

Jenny Davis' Sex Education — 7 years ago

The wrong book was on the list, so I corrected it. Funny, that this one was banned for murder instead of sex.

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