Banned books are literary works that have been officially prohibited or restricted by authorities, institutions, or groups due to concerns about their content. These restrictions can arise from a variety of reasons, including controversial themes, explicit language, political dissent, religious viewpoints, or social critique.

While the intention behind banning books may be to protect certain values or ideologies, it often results in limiting the free flow of information and ideas. The value of reading banned books lies in their potential to challenge conventional perspectives, provoke critical thinking, and foster discussions on important societal issues.

These books often provide insights into marginalized voices and alternative viewpoints, encouraging readers to confront uncomfortable truths and broaden their understanding of the world. By engaging with banned literature, individuals can exercise their intellectual freedom, promote empathy, and contribute to a more informed and open-minded society.

Banned Books List - The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2001

# Title of Book Author of Book
1 Scary Stories (Series) Alvin Schwartz
2 Daddy's Roommate Michael Willhoite
3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
4 The Chocolate War Robert Cormier
5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
6 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
7 Harry Potter (Series) J.K. Rowling
8 Forever Judy Blume
9 Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson
10 Alice (Series) Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11 Heather Has Two Mommies Leslea Newman
12 My Brother Sam is Dead James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
14 The Giver Lois Lowry
15 It's Perfectly Normal Robie Harris
16 Goosebumps (Series) R.L. Stine
17 A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck
18 The Color Purple Alice Walker
19 Sex Madonna
20 Earth's Children (Series) Jean M. Auel
21 The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson
22 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle
23 Go Ask Alice Anonymous
24 Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers
25 In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak
26 The Stupids (Series) Harry Allard
27 The Witches Roald Dahl
28 The New Joy of Gay Sex Charles Silverstein
29 Anastasia Krupnik (Series) Lois Lowry
30 The Goats Brock Cole
31 Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane
32 Blubber Judy Blume
33 Killing Mr. Griffin Lois Duncan
34 Halloween ABC Eve Merriam
35 We All Fall Down Robert Cormier
36 Final Exit Derek Humphry
37 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
38 Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George
39 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
40 What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters Lynda Madaras
41 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
42 Beloved Toni Morrison
43 The Outsiders S.E. Hinton
44 The Pigman Paul Zindel
45 Bumps in the Night Harry Allard
46 Deenie Judy Blume
47 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
48 Annie on my Mind Nancy Garden
49 The Boy Who Lost His Face Louis Sachar
50 Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat Alvin Schwartz
51 A Light in the Attic Shel Silverstein
52 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
53 Sleeping Beauty Trilogy A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54 Asking About Sex and Growing Up Joanna Cole
55 Cujo Stephen King
56 James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
57 The Anarchist Cookbook William Powell
58 Boys and Sex Wardell Pomeroy
59 Ordinary People Judith Guest
60 American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
61 What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons Lynda Madaras
62 Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume
63 Crazy Lady Jane Conly
64 Athletic Shorts Chris Crutcher
65 Fade Robert Cormier
66 Guess What? Mem Fox
67 The House of Spirits Isabel Allende
68 The Face on the Milk Carton Caroline Cooney
69 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
70 Lord of the Flies William Golding
71 Native Son Richard Wright
72 Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies Nancy Friday
73 Curses, Hexes and Spells Daniel Cohen
74 Jack A.M. Homes
75 Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo A. Anaya
76 Where Did I Come From? Peter Mayle
77 Carrie Stephen King
78 Tiger Eyes Judy Blume
79 On My Honor Marion Dane Bauer
80 Arizona Kid Ron Koertge
81 Family Secrets Norma Klein
82 Mommy Laid An Egg Babette Cole
83 The Dead Zone Stephen King
84 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
85 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
86 Always Running Luis Rodriguez
87 Private Parts Howard Stern
88 Where's Waldo? Martin Hanford
89 Summer of My German Soldier Bette Greene
90 Little Black Sambo Helen Bannerman
91 Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
92 Running Loose Chris Crutcher
93 Sex Education Jenny Davis
94 The Drowning of Stephan Jones Bette Greene
95 Girls and Sex Wardell Pomeroy
96 How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell
97 View from the Cherry Tree Willo Davis Roberts
98 The Headless Cupid Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99 The Terrorist Caroline Cooney
100 Jump Ship to Freedom James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier