The American Library Association has released its popular list of the most challenged books in America.

A perennial highlight of Banned Books Week is the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In 2012, OIF received 464 reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. This is an increase from 2011 totals, which stood at 326 attempts.

  • 1

    Captain Underpants

    by Dav Pilkey

    Offensive language, unsuited for age group

  • 2

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    by Sherman Alexie

    Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

  • 3

    Thirteen Reasons Why

    by Jay Asher

    Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide

  • 4

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    by E. L. James

    Offensive language, graphic sexual content

  • 5

    And Tango Makes Three

    by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

    Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

  • 6

    The Kite Runner

    by Khaled Hosseini

    Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  • 7

    Looking for Alaska

    by John Green

    Offensive language, sexually explicit

  • 8

    Scary Stories

    by Alvin Schwartz

    Unsuited for age group

  • 9

    The Glass Castle

    by Jeanette Walls

    Offensive language, sexually explicit

  • 10


    by Toni Morrison

    Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence