In an annual rite of National Library Week, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom released this year’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. Leading the list is a children’s book series: “Captain Underpants,” by Dav Pilkey. In 2013, there were 307 reports of attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves, down sharply from 2012 totals, which logged 464 attempts.

Compiled annually by the ALA, the list collects “reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports.” A challenge is defined as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” This year top 10 list includes:

1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey

2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone

7) Looking for Alaska, by John Green

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

9) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

10) Bone (series), by Jeff Smith


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