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Top 10 Banned Books of the Year

Top 10 Titles for 2021

Gender Queer book cover - by Maia Kobabe

#1 - Gender Queer: a Memoir

Reasons banned, challenged and restricted:

  • LGBTQIA+ content
  • considered to have sexually explicit images

Lawn Boy book cover -  by Jonathan Evison

#2 - Lawn Boy

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • LGBTQIA+ content 
  • considered to be sexually explicit

All Boys Aren't Blue book cover - by George M. Johnson

#3 - All Boys Aren't Blue

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • LGBTQIA+ content
  • profanity
  • considered to be sexually explicit

Out of Darkness book cover - by Asley Hope Pérez

#4 - Out of Darkness

Reasons banned, challenged and restricted:

  • depictions of abuse
  • considered to be sexually explicit

The Hate U Give book cover - by Angie Thomas

#5 - The Hate U Give

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • profanity
  • violence
  • thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian book cover - by Alexie Sherman

#6 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • profanity
  • sexual references
  • use of a derogatory term

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl book cover - by Jesse Andrews

#7 - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • considered sexually explicit
  • considered degrading to women

The Bluest Eye book cover - by Toni Morrison

#8 - The Bluest Eye

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • it depicts child sexual abuse
  • considered sexually explicit

This Book is Gay book cover - by Juno Dawson

#9 -This Book Is Gay

Reasons banned, challenged, relocated and restricted:

  • providing sexual education
  • LGBTQIA+ content

Beyond Magenta book cover - by Sarah Kuklin

#10 - Beyond Magenta

Reasons banned and challenged:

  • LGBTQIA+ content
  • considered to be sexually explicit