These Are the Top 10 Banned Books of the Past 10 Years

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Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read.

This year, the special week takes place Sept. 25th through Oct. 1st. We’re celebrating by taking a look back through the last 10 years of the top 10 most challenged and banned books with a brand new infographic.

See the top 10 banned books, why they were challenged, and how often they were challenged by reading our infographic below. 

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The 10 most banned and challenged books of the past decade:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

This is the story of a family unlike any other in the Central Park Zoo.

2. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This haunting novel tackles the theme of passivity vs. passion.

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

A budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation takes his future into his own hands.

4. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R by Lauren Myracle

Follow the stories of three 10th grade girls as they experience boys, queen-bees, flirty teachers, beer, and more.

5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault protests against a secret society and starts an all-out war.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles “Pudge” Halter abandons his safe, boring life for Culver Creek Boarding School, a school that is anything but boring.

7. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Pecola Breedlove is a child yearning for normalcy though she is mocked by others for her dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes.

8. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

This book is a trusted resource on kids’ sexual health.

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant form an unlikely friendship in a decaying country.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In this dystopian novel, teens are chosen to fight each other to the death.


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This post was written by Shelly Leung, the social media intern at BookPal. She is currently reading Zero to Oneby Peter Thiel and The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo.

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