The Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past 5 Years


Ever wonder why so many people try to pull certain books from library and school shelves? We’ve complied a banned books list and reasons why parents believe these books should be removed, from the reasonable to the ridiculous. Check out which books Americans have had a problem with in 2017, in the past five years, and beyond and why!

What Is the Most Banned Book in America?

For all time, the most frequently banned book is 1984 by George Orwell. (How very Orwellian!)

The most banned and challenged book for 2017 was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

What Are the Top 10 Banned Books in America of All Time?

Out of the many books that have been banned, many of them are considered to be classics and even incorporated into the required reading for classes.

Here are the top 10 most challenged books of all time:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell

  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou