From the American Library Association website: "The American Library Association condemns censorship and works to defend each person's right to read under the First Amendment and ensure free access to information. Every year, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from reports filed by library professionals and community members and from news stories published throughout the United States.

Because many book challenges are not reported to the ALA or covered by the press, the Top Most Challenged Books lists and 2022 data compiled by ALA represent only a snapshot of book challenges. A challenge to a book may be resolved in favor of retaining the book in the collection, or it can result in a book being restricted or withdrawn from the library.

ALA documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. The unparalleled number of reported book challenges in 2022 nearly doubles the 729 book challenges reported in 2021. Of the record 2,571 unique titles targeted for censorship, the most challenged and reasons cited for censoring the books are listed below."

Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Number of challenges: 151

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit


All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250895561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 16th, 2024

Number of challenges: 86

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Number of challenges: 73

Challenged for: depiction of sexual abuse, EDI content, claimed to be sexually explicit


Flamer By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250756145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Number of challenges: 62

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit


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Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

Number of challenges: 55

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit


The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451696196
Availability: Not Currently On The Shelf, But We Can Ship It To You In 3-5 Days
Published: MTV Books - August 14th, 2012

Number of challenges: 55

Challenged for: depiction of sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ content, drug use, profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit


Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781616209230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

Number of challenges: 54

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (National Book Award Winner) By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Number of challenges: 52

Challenged for: profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit


Out of Darkness By Ashley Hope Pérez Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780823445035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - September 10th, 2019

Number of challenges: 50

Challenged for: depictions of abuse, claimed to be sexually explicit


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) By Jesse Andrews Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781419719608
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: profanity, claimed to be 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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, providing sexual education, claimed to be sexually explicit