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Children's Literature

A guide to locating information and research resources about literature for children and youth.

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books (ALA) 1990-1999

Out of 5,718 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.


1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite PZ 4.9 W54324 Dd 1990
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier PZ 7 C674 CH 1974
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain PS 1305 A1 1955
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck PS 3537 T327 O4 1975
7. Forever by Judy Blume
8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson PZ 7 P384 BR 1987
9. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman PZ 4.9 N4839 HT 1989
10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
11. The Giver by Lois Lowry PZ 7 L696 Gv 1993
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier PZ 7 C678 MY 1974
13. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris HQ 53 H37 1994
14. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor PZ 7 N394 Ah 1999
15. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine PZ 7 S8583
16. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck PZ 7 P425 DY 1977
17. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
18. Sex by Madonna
19. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
20. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson PZ 7 P384 GR 1978
21. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak PZ 4.9 S378 IN 1970
22. The Witches by Roald Dahl PZ 7 D137 WT 1983
23. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle PZ 7 L538 Wr 1962a
24. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
25. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous PZ 7 L538 Wr 1962a
26. The Goats by Brock Cole PZ 7 C6436 GT 1987
27. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard PZ 4.9 A454 SP
28. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry PZ 7 L696 AN 1981
29. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
30. Blubber by Judy Blume PZ 7 B6265 BB 1974 A
31. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam PZ 8.3 M25 HW 1987
32. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George PZ 7 G2933 Jl 1977
33. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
34. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
35. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras WS 460 M324 1983
36. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers PZ 7 M947 FL 1988
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
PR 9253 T86 H337 1990
38. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton PZ 7 H5976 Ou 1967a
39. The Pigman by Paul Zindel PZ 7 Z647 PG 1968
40. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee PS 3523 E27 T6
41. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier PZ 7 C674 WL 1991
42. Deenie by Judy Blume PZ 7 B6265 DN 1973
43. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes PS 3561 E9 F5 1967
44. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden PZ 7 G165 An 1992
45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
46. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
47. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
48. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling PZ 7 R79835 HP 1997
49. Cujo by Stephen King
50. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl PZ 7 D137 JA
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein PZ 8.3 S549 LG 1981
52. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
53. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
54. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
55. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
56. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
57. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole HQ 53 C645 1988
58. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras WS 460 M322 1984
59. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
60. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume PZ 7 B6265 AR 1974
61. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy HQ 41 P614 1981
62. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly PZ 7. C7642 Cr 1995
63. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher PZ 7 C8847 AT 1991
64. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
65. Fade by Robert Cormier PZ 7 C674 FD 1988
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox PZ 4.9 F695 GS 1990
67. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
68. Lord of the Flies by William Golding PR 6013 O45 L6 1958
69. Native Son by Richard Wright
70. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
71. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
72. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer PZ 7 B3253 ON 1987
73. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
74. Jack by A.M. Homes PZ 7 H745 JC 1989
75. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
76. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
77. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
78. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
79. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle QP 251.5 M38 1973A
80. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney PZ 7 C7833 FC 1990
81. Carrie by Stephen King
82. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
PS 1306 A3 1969
84. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
85. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
86. Private Parts by Howard Stern
87. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford PZ 4.9 H187 WH 1987
88. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene PZ 7 G7441 SM 1973
89. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume PZ 7 B6265 TG 1981
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman PZ 4.9 B227 Lt 1972
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. Jumper by Steven Gould
95. Christine by Stephen King
96. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
97. That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton PZ 7 H5976 TH 1971
98. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy HQ 51 P6 1981
99. The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain PZ 7 B7806 WS 1983
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Censorship / Freedom to Read