Ever wonder which books were the most banned or challenged in a decade? Take a look through this list in order to see the top ten banned books of the decade between 1990-1999 according to the American Library Association (ALA). This list encompasses books published for over 100 years and some still banned and challenged today.
If you want to check out which books where most banned from 2000-2009 check out the list here
#1 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz was the #1 banned/challenged book from 1990-1999 and has found itself off and on ALA’s over the years even in 2012.
To learn more about the banned/challenged book check out my article here.
#2 Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite was number two on the top banned books list from 1990-1999. Daddy’s Roommate was published in 1991.
#3 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou was number three on the top banned/challenged books list from 1990-1999. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969 and also appeared on one of the top banned/challenged books of the decade from 2000-2009.
#4 The Chocolate War
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier ranked as the number four most banned and or challenged book of the decade from 1990-1999. The Chocolate War was published in 1975 and was followed by ‘Beyond the Chocolate War’ by Cormier.
#5 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in 1884 making it the oldest book found on this decade’s list of banned and or challenged books from 1990-1999.
#6 – Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is number six on the most banned and/or challenged books from 1990-1999. To read more about this novel please check out my article where I discuss the reasons this book has been banned over the years.
Forever by Judy Blume ranks as number seven on the most challenged and/or banned books of the decade from 1990-1999. Forever was published in 1975
#8 – Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson ranked as number eight on the most challenged and/or banned books of the decade from 1990-1999. Bridge to Terabithia was produced as a movie in 2007.
#9 – Heather Has Two Mommies
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman ranked as number nine on the most challenged and/or banned books of the decade from 1990-1999. Heather Has Two Mommies was published in 1989 and has been described as the first children’s book with a lesbian theme to be published.
#10 – The Catcher In The Rye
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger was ranked as number ten on the most challenged/banned books of the decade from 1990-1999. Salinger’s book was published in 1951 and is used as a coming of age novel still today within the education system.