American Library Association Releases List of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

By NYPL Staff
April 5, 2022

Attempts to ban books in libraries and schools have been at the forefront of the news in recent months, but are certainly not new. The American Libraries Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom has been tracking these challenges for decades and recently named the 10 books that received the most challenges around the country in 2021. Similar to past years, most challenges were related to sex, racism, violence, profanity, and LGBTQ+ content. 

All of these titles are available at The New York Public Library in both print and e-book formats, and most are also available as e-audiobooks.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.