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Curriculum Collection Book Lists: Banned and Contested Books

Banned Books

As the American Library Association has explained in great detail on the sections of their website devoted to this subject, most books referred to as "Banned" would be better described as "Challenged."  Many challenges occur because someone believes a book is being offered, or in some cases assigned as reading, for an inappropriate age or grade level.  Most have not  been permanently removed from the library or school that received objections; in cases where a book was removed, it was more likely to result in a reinstatement, or sometimes a changed location or status in the same institution, once the processing of the objection was completed.

For more information on challenged  titles, see the ALA website, here.

Also see Hit List for Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books  (CCM Ref. Z 1019 .B38 2002)  and Hit List for Young Adults 2: Frequently Challenged Books  (CCM Ref. Z 1019 .L48 2002).  Earlier editions of these reference sources may be found in the main collection at Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Children  (Z 1019 .P57 1996) and Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Young Adults  (Z 1019 .H68 1996).

Selection of Books

Allard, Harry.  Bumps in the Night.  (PICT) A419b

Baldacchino, Christine.  Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.  (PICT) B175m

Bannerman, Helen.  Little Black Sambo.  (PICT) B219l  (later editions also available)

Blume, Judy.  Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.  B6584a / B6584a 2014

                         Blubber.  B6584b

Brannen, Sarah S.  Uncle Bobby's Wedding.  (PICT) B8216u

Brittain, Bill.  The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree.  B862w

Carle, Eric.  Draw Me a Star.  (PICT) C278dr

Cosby, Bill.  The Day I Was Rich.  C834d

                      Hooray for the Dandelion Warriors!  C384h

                      My Big Lie.  C384m

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963.  C9785w 1995

Dahl, Roald.  James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story.  D132j 1996 / (SPL) PZ8 .D137 Jam 1961

De Haan, Linda and Stern Nijland.  King & King.  (PICT) H1117k 2002

Fierstein, Harvey.  The Sissy Duckling.  (PICT) F465s 2002 / (PICT) F465s 2005

Geisel, Theodor Seuss.  Hop on Pop.  G313hop

                     If I Ran the Zoo.  (PICT) G313z

Hanford, Martin.  Where's Waldo?  (PICT) H2358w

Herron, Carolivia.  Nappy Hair.  (PICT) H568n

Ignatow, Amy.  The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang  I229p.

Kellogg, Steven.  Pinkerton, Behave!  (PICT) K297p

L'Engle, Madeleine.  A Wrinkle in Time.  L566w

Lowry, Lois.  Anastasia Krupnik.  L9215a

                       Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst.  L9215aa

                       Anastasia Again!  L9215an

                       The Giver.  L9215g 1993 / L9215g 2012

Merriam, Eve.  Halloween ABC.  811.54 M568h

Newman, Leslea.  Heather Has Two Mommies.  N5528h / N5528h 2009

Okimoto, Jean Davies, and Elaine M. Aoki.  The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption.  (PICT) O415w

Opie, Iona.  I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book.  398.8  I11

Park, Barbara.  Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth.  P2352jb

                      Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy.  P2352j

Parr, Todd.  The Family Book.  (PICT) P258f

Paterson, Katherine.  Bridge to Terabithia.  P2964b / P2964b 2003 / (REF) P2964b

                      The Great Gilly Hopkins.  P2964g

Pikey, Dav.  Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.  P639a

                      Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets: An Epic Novel.  P639c

                      Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman: The Fifith Epic Novel.  P639ca

Pittman, Gayle E.  This Day in June.  (PICT) P6854t

Polacco, Patricia.  In Our Mothers' House.  (PICT) P762io 2009

Quinlan, Patricia.  Tiger Flowers.  (PICT) Q75t

Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell.  And Tango Makes Three.  (PICT) R5238a

Rodgers, Mary.  Freaky Friday.  R691f

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  R8845hc / R8845hc 2000

                      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  R8845hd

                      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  R8845hg

                      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  R8845hh

                      Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.  R8845ho

                      Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  R8845hp

                      Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  R8845h

Sachar, Louis.  The Boy Who Lost His Face.  S1212b

Schwartz, Alvin.  More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  398.2 S399m

                      Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones.  398.2 S399sc

                      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  398.2 S399s

Sendak, Maurice.  In the Night Kitchen.  (PICT) S474i / (PICT) S474i 1995

Silverstein, Shel.  A Light in the Attic.  811.54 S875l

Smith, Jeff.  Bone. [Vol. 3], Eyes of the Storm.  S6421e

                       Bone. [Vol. 2], The Great Cow Race.  S6421g

                       Out from Boneville.  S6421o

                       Quest for the Spark. Book 1.  S6421q 2011

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.  The Egypt Game.  S675e

Speare, Elizabeth George.  The Sign of the Beaver.  S741s

Spinelli, Jerry.  Maniac Magee: A Novel.  S7573m

Stine, R.L.  Bad Hare Day.  S858b

                      Monster Blood.  S858m

                      Monster Blood III.  S858mo

                      A Night in Terror Tower.  S858n

                      Say Cheese and Die!  S858s

                      A Shocker on Shock Street.  S858sh

Stroud, Jonathan.  The Amulet of Samarkand.  S9251a

Tamaki, Mariko, and Jillian.  This One Summer.  T154t 2014

Taylor, Mildred D.  The Land.  T2443la

                      Mississippi Bridge.  T2443m

Telgemeier, Raina.  Drama.  T271d 2012

Twiss, Jill (Illustrated by E.G. Keller).  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.  T973l 2018

Wilder, Laura Ingalls.  Little House on the Prairie.  W673li

Wilhoite, Michael.  Daddy's Roommate.  (PICT) W7148d

Yep, Laurence.  Dragonwings.  Y47d

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  A384a

Anaya, Rudolfo A.  Bless me, Ultima.  A636b

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Speak.  A5472s

                      Twisted.  A5472t / A5472t 2008

Anderson, M.T.  Feed.  A5482f

Anonymous.  Go Ask Alice.  G573

Asher, Jay.  Thirteen Reasons Why.  A825t

Block, Francesca Lia.  Baby Be-Bop.  B625b

                      Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories.  B625g

Blume, Judy.  Deenie.  B6584d / B6584d 1991

                      Forever.  B6584fo

                      Here's to You, Rachel Robinson.  B6584h

                      Tiger Eyes.  B6584ti

Brashares, Ann.  Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood.  B823f

Card, Orson Scott.  Ender's Game.  C265e 2002

Chambers, Aidan.  Dance on My Grave: A Life and Death in Four Parts.  C444d

Chbosky, Stephen.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  C513p

Childress, Alice.  A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich.  C5364h

Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Does My Shirts.  C547s

Cisneros, Sandra.  The House on Mango Street.  C579h / PS 3553 .I78 H6 1985

Clinton, Cathryn.  A Stone in My Hand.  C641s

Cole, Brock.  The Facts Speak for Themselves.  C687f

                      The Goats.  C687go

Collier, James Lincoln and Christopher.  My Brother Sam is Dead.  C6997my

                      With Every Drop of Blood.  C6997wi

Collins, Suzanne.  Catching Fire.  C7136c

                      The Hunger Games.  C7136h

                      Mockingjay.  C7136m

Conly, Jane.  Crazy Lady!  C752c

Cooney, Caroline B.  The Face on the Milk Carton.  C7753f

Cormier, Robert.  After the First Death.  C8113a

                      Beyond the Chocolate War.  C8113be

                      The Chocolate War.  C8113c / C8113c 1997

                      Fade.  C8113f

                      I Am the Cheese.  C8113i

                      We All Fall Down.  C8113w

Crutcher, Chris.  Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories.  C957a

                      Deadline.  C957d

                      Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.  C957s

                      Whale Talk.  C957w

Davis, Jenny.  Sex Education: A Novel.  D2619s

DeClements, Barthe.  6th Grade Can Really Kill You.  D2954s

Duncan, Lois.  Killing Mr. Griffin.  D9114k

Fox, Paula.  The Slave Dancer.  F793s 1991

Gaines, Ernest J.  A Lesson Before Dying.  G142l / PS 3557 .A355 L47 1993

George, Jean Craighead.  Julie of the Wolves.  G348j

Gino, Alex.  George.  G492g 2015

Glenn, Mel.  Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?  G5585w

Golding, William.  Lord of the Flies.  G6194l (and other editions in the main collection)

Green, John.  An Abundance of Katherines.  G796a

                     The Fault in Our Stars.  G796f 2012

                     Looking For Alaska.  G796l

                     Paper Towns.  G796p

Greene, Bette.  Summer of My German Soldier.  G7985s

Grimes, Nikki.  Bronx Masquerade.  G862b

                     Jazmin's Notebook.  G862j

Haddon, Mark.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  H127c 2003 / PR 6058 .A284x C87 2005

Harper, Charise Mericle.  Flashcards of My Life.  H293f

Hautzig, Deborah.  Hey Dollface.  H382h

Henkes, Kevin.  Olive's Ocean.  H512ol

Hinton, S.E.  The Outsiders.  H666o 2003 / (SPL) PZ 7 .H5976

                      That Was Then, This is Now.  H666t

Howe, james.  Totally Joe.  H8554to

Keyes, Daniel.  Flowers for Algernon.  K444f

Klause, Annette Curtis.  Blood and Chocolate.  K636b

Klein, Norma.  Family Secrets.  K643f

Koertge, Ron.  The Arizona Kid.  K783a

Levithan, David.  Two Boys Kissing.  L6664t 2013

London, Jack.  Call of the Wild.  L847ca / L847cw (and other editions in the main collection)

Loux, Matthew.  SideScrollers.  L865s

Lynch, Chris.  Extreme Elvin.  L987e

Mackler, Carolyn.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things.  M1581e

Mazer, Harry.  The Last Mission.  M476l

Meyer, Stephanie.  Breaking Dawn.  M6121b

                      Eclipse.  M6121e

                      New Moon.  M6121n

                      Twilight.  M6121t

Myers, Walter Dean.  Fallen Angels.  M9962fa

                       Hoops.  M9962h

                       Monster.  M9962m

                       Scorpions.  M9962s

Myracle, Lauren.  Ttyl.  M998t

                       Ttfn.  M998tt

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Alice Alone.  N333aa

                      Alice the Brave.  N333ab

                      Alice in Rapture, Sort Of.  N333al

                      Alice in April.  N333ali

                      Alice on the Outside.  N333ao

Nix, Garth.  Shade's Children.  N7354sh

Nixon, Joan Lowry.  Whispers From the Dead.  N736w

Parks, Gordon.  The Learning Tree.  P252l 1989 / PS 566 .A73 L43x 1963

Paulsen, Gary.  Harris and Me.  P332ha

Peck, Robert Newton.  A Day No Pigs Would Die.  P3676d

Pullman, Philip.  The Amber Spyglass.  P982a / P982a 2001

                      The Golden Compass.  P982g

                      The Subtle Knife.  P982u / P982su 1998

Rennison, Louise.  On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.  R416o

Reynolds, Jason, and Brendan Kiely.  All American Boys.  R4625a

Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor and Park.  R879e 2013

Salinger, J.D.  The Catcher in the Rye.  S165c (and other editions in the main collection)

Sanchez, Alex.  Rainbow Boys.  S2111r

Satrapi, Marjane.  Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.  S253p   (and others in the main collection)

                      Persepolis 2: the Story of a Return.  S253pe  (and others in the main collection)

Sebold, Alice.  The Lovely Bones.  S443l / PS 3619 .E26 L68 2002

Shusterman, Neal.  Unwind.  S562u

Sones, Sonya.  What My Mother Doesn't Know.  S6983w

Speare, Elizabeth George.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  (REF) S741w / S741wi 1971

Stone, Tanya Lee.  A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl.  S8811b

Taylor, Mildred D.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  T2443r / T2443r 1991 / (REF) T2443r 2001

Thomas, Angie.  The Hate U Give.  T4542h 2017

Twain, Mark.   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  T968ahm 2006 (and other editions in the main collection)

                      The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  T968at 1920 / T968atm 1989 / T968atl 1996 (and others in the main collection)

Von Ziegesar, Cecily.  Gossip Girl.  V948g

                      Don't You Forget About Me.  V948d

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  Like Sisters on the Homefront.  W7273l

Ancona, George.  Cuban Kids.  972.91 A542c 2000 / (REF) Américas 2000 972.91 A542c 2000

Bailey, Jacqui, and Jan McCafferty.  Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide Through Growing Up.  612.6 B1541s

Brown, Laurie Kranzey, and Marc Brown.  What's the Big Secret?: Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys.  612.6 B877w

Cohen, Daniel.  Ghostly Warnings.  133.1 C678gh

Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor, and Anthony Esler.  World History.  SS-H P-H 2003 Stu. ed.

Frank, Anne.  Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl.  921 F828d (and other editions in the main collection)

Harris, Robie.  It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health.  612.6 H315ip / 612.6 H315ip 2009

                      It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Family.  612.6 H315i

Herthel, Jessica, and Jazz Jennings.  I Am Jazz!  306.76 H574i

Jenness, Aylette.  Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love.  306.85 J54f

Kilodavis, Cheryl.  My Princess Boy: A Mom's Story About a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up.  301.41 K488m

Kuklin, Susan.  Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.  306.76 K95b

Levithan, David.  Full Spectrum.  306.76 F965

Lewis, Richard, comp.  There Are Two Lives: Poems by Children of Japan.  808.81 T398 / PL 782 E3 L43

Mayle, Peter.  Where Did I Come From?: The facts of life without any nonsense and with illustrations.  612.63 M469w

Merriam, Eve.  The Inner City Mother Goose.  811.54 M568i / 811.54 M68i 1996

Neri, Greg.  Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty.  305.896 N445y

Peters, Lisa Westberg.  Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story.  567.8 P482o

Pomeroy, Wardell.  Boys and Sex.  612.6 P785b

                      Girls and Sex.  612.6 P785g

Reiss, Johanna.  The Upstairs Room.  921 R378u / 921 R378u 1987

Schwartz, Alvin.  Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat: Superstitions and Other Beliefs.  001.96 C951

Silverberg, Cory, and Fiona Smyth.  Sex is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You.  613.9 S587s 2015

Winter, Jeanette.  The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq.  921 B167l

                      Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan.  958.1 W785n