Top Ten Banned Books of 2021

 

According to the American Library Association, the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2021 are:

 

Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781637150726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - July 5th, 2022

#1 Most Banned Book

Why banned: LGBTQIA+ content, considered to have sexually explicit images


Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781616209230
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

#2

Why banned: LGBTQIA+ content, considered to be sexually explicit


All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

#3

Why banned: LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, considered to be sexually explicit


Out of Darkness By Ashley Hope Pérez Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780823445035
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Holiday House - September 10th, 2019

#4

Why banned: Depictions of abuse, considered to be sexually explicit


The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062498540
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

#5

Why banned: Profanity, violence, and because it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

#6

Why banned: Profanity, sexual references and use of a derogatory term


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) By Jesse Andrews Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419719608
Availability: Backordered
Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

#7

Why banned: Considered sexually explicit and degrading to women


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

#8

Why banned: Depicts child sexual abuse and was considered sexually explicit


This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021

#9

Why banned: providing sexual education and LGBTQIA+ content.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out By Susan Kuklin Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

#10

Why banned: LGBTQIA+ content, considered to b e sexually explicit