Most Challenged Books of 2020

The American Library Association con­demns cen­sor­ship and works to ensure free access to infor­ma­tion. Every year, the 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 media sto­ries and vol­un­tary reports sent to OIF from com­mu­ni­ties across the U.S.

The Top 10 lists are only a snap­shot of book chal­lenges. Surveys indi­cate that 82–97% of book chal­lenges – doc­u­ment­ed requests to remove mate­ri­als from schools or libraries – remain unre­port­ed and receive no media.