Banned Books Week: The 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012


As mentioned in the previous Banned Books Week post, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom received word of 464 book challenges in 2012.  Here is a list of the top ten books/series challenged, along with the reasons why they met with opposition.

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.  Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.  Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.  Reasons: Drugs / alcohol / smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit.
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz.  Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence.
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit.
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison.  Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence.