Hit List for Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A Wrinkle in Time, Blubber, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark—these are some of the most beloved, and most challenged, books. Leaving controversial titles such as these out of your collection or limiting their access is not the answer to challenges. The best-selling Hit List series gives you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response, all the while ensuring free access to young book lovers.

Featuring 24 "hot button" books, Hit List for Children 2 presents a who's who of children's literature writers including Dahl, Allard, Blume, Rowling, Stine, L'Engle, Lowry, and Naylor. With a profile of each book that includes its plot, characters, published reviews, awards and prizes, and author resources, you will be prepared to answer even the toughest attacks. The most recent and compelling challenges are also discussed so that you will be prepared to address specific points. Eleven new books have been added to the second edition including Mommy Laid an Egg, the Alice series, Witches, and Guess What?

For any librarian who feels alone on the front lines of the free access debate, the appendix reassuringly details what ALA stands ready to do to help librarians combat censorship. Authoritative and powerful, Hit List for Children 2 provides the most up-to-date reference to those children's titles often singled out for censorship.


Judith F. Krug
Harry Allard and James Marshall
The Stupids
Judy Blume
Babette Cole
Mommy Laid an Egg! or, Where Do Babies Come From?
Brock Cole
The Goats
James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
The Witches
Mem Fox
Guess What?
Jean Craighead George
Julie of the Wolves
Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley
It's Perfectly Normal
Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
Lois Lowry
The Giver
Lois Lowry
Anastasia Krupnik
Anastasia at Your Service
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Agony of Alice
Alice in Rapture, Sort Of
Reluctantly Alice
All But Alice
Alice in April
Alice In-Between
Alice the Brave
Alice in Lace
Outrageously Alice
Achingly Alice
Alice on the Outside
The Grooming of Alice
Alice Alone
Leslea Newman
Heather Has Two Mommies
Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins
J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Louis Sachar
The Boy Who Lost His Face
Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Maurice Sendak
In the Night Kitchen
Shel Silverstein
A Light in the Attic
R. L. Stine
Michael Wilhoite
Daddy's Roommate

What ALA Can Do to Help
Librarians Combat Censorship

Beverley C. Becker

Beverley C. Becker is Associate Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in Chicago. She received her master's of library science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Susan M. Stan

Susan M. Stan is Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. Stan has a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a doctorate degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota.

Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the American Library Association through educating librarians and the public about the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. In order to meet its educational goals, the Office undertakes information, support, and coordination activities.

"...clear and concise, offering a very comprehensive list of the resources that could assist a librarian faced with a similar challenge"

"Continue and expand the important information on challenges and justifications for books regularly found on our school library shelves."
—Michigan Reading Journal