Top Five Most Challenged Books in 2005

Posted on September 28, 2006

Banned Books WeekThis week (September 23-30) is Banned Books Week. It is also the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week. The ALA says there were 405 known attempts to remove books in 2005. These attempts include "formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness." The ALA has also listed the following books as the five most challenged books of 2005.
  • It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
  • Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the ALA, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. It is also endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.