The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013

Posted on September 23, 2014 by


It’s Banned Books Week 2014, and the BookBub team is celebrating!From September 21st to September 27th, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with libraries, schools, and bookworms across the country to raise awareness about the fight against censorship.

For example, the ALA reports that in the past decade alone, the Office of Intellectual Freedom received more than 5,000 challenges to books, with readers complaining about everything from “sexually explicit” material to “offensive language” to “homosexuality.”

The ALA also released its list of most frequently challenged books of 2013. Racking up a total of 307 complaints, below are the 10 books that caused the most controversy over the past year.


1. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey


Challenged for: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence


2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


Challenged for: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence


3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


Challenged for: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


Challenged for: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 


Challenged for: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group


6. A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone


Challenged for: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit


7. Looking for Alaska by John Green


Challenged for: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 


Challenged for: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


9. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya


Challenged for: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit


10. Bone series by Jeff Smith


Challenged for: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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