The Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019

By Underground Books

By Underground Books

George (Scholastic Gold)

Alex Gino

$7.99 $7.35

Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

$12.99 $11.95

Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, Lgbt Children's Book)

Marlon Bundo and Eg Keller (Gerald Kelley)

$18.98 $17.46

Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning

Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and You

Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

$23.95 $22.03

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”

Prince & Knight

Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis

$17.99 $16.55

Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint

I Am Jazz

Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, et al.

$17.98 $16.54

Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

$15.95 $14.67

Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”


Raina Telgemeier

$10.99 $10.11

Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set: Books 1-7

J. K. Rowling and Mary Grandpré

$86.93 $79.98

Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, et al.

$17.99 $16.55