Banned Book List

This is a list of the books that are currently "not banned" but also not allowed in classrooms of the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.  Please note, that even though, a majority of the books banned are written by Xican@ authors and address Xican@ identity and culture, this list also contains authors who are not of Xican@ heritage. The general theme here is: banning books that educate people on ethnicity and oppression.

  1. Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
  2. The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (1998), by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
  3. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (2001), by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
  4. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2000), by P. Freire
  5. United States Government: Democracy in Action (2007), by R. C. Remy
  6. Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006), by F. A. Rosales
  7. Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1990), by H. Zinn
  8. American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists
  9. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004), by R. Acuna
  10. The Anaya Reader (1995), by R. Anaya
  11. The American Vision (2008), by J. Appleby et el.
  12. Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
  13. Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A. Burciaga
  14. Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (1997), by C. Jiminez
  15. De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998), by E. S. Martinez
  16. 500 Anos Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990), by E. S. Martinez
  17. Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998), by R. Rodriguez
  18. The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
  19. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003), by H. Zinn
  20. Ten Little Indians (2004), by S. Alexie
  21. The Fire Next Time (1990), by J. Baldwin
  22. Loverboys (2008), by A. Castillo
  23. Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
  24. Mexican WhiteBoy (2008), by M. de la Pena
  25. Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
  26. Woodcuts of Women (2000), by D. Gilb
  27. At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965), by E. Guevara
  28. Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” (2003), by E. Martinez
  29. Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998), by R. Montoya et al.
  30. Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte
  31. Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997), by M. Ruiz
  32. The Tempest (1994), by W. Shakespeare
  33. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993), by R. Takaki
  34. The Devil’s Highway (2004), by L. A. Urrea
  35. Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999), by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach
  36. Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997), by J. Yolen
  37. Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004), by H. Zinn
  38. Live from Death Row (1996), by J. Abu-Jamal
  39. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994), by S. Alexie
  40. Zorro (2005), by I. Allende
  41. Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999), by G. Anzaldua
  42. A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca
  43. C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca
  44. Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001), by J. S. Baca
  45. Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990), by J. S. Baca
  46. Black Mesa Poems (1989), by J. S. Baca
  47. Martin & Meditations on the South Valley (1987), by J. S. Baca
  48. The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (19950, by D. C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle
  49. Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (2005), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
  50. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
  51. So Far From God (1993), by A. Castillo
  52. Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985), by C. E. Chavez
  53. House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros
  54. Suffer Smoke (2001), by E. Diaz Bjorkquist 
  55. Zapata's Disciple: Essays (1998), by M. Espada
  56. Like Water for Chocolate (1995), by L. Esquievel
  57. When Living was a Labor Camp (2000), by D. Garcia
  58. La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia
  59. Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlahuac Writing (2003), by C. Garcia-Camarillo, et al.
  60. The Magic of Blood (1994), by D. Gilb
  61. Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” (2004) by Goodman, et al.
  62. Feminism is for Everybody (2000), by b hooks
  63. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999), by F. Jimenez
  64. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991), by J. Kozol
  65. Zigzagger (2003), by M. Munoz
  66. Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993), by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero
  67. …y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995), by T. Rivera
  68. Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005), by L. Rodriguez
  69. Justice: A Question of Race (1997), by R. Rodriguez
  70. The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
  71. Crisis in American Institutions (2006), by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie
  72. Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986), by T. Sheridan
  73. Curandera (1993), by Carmen Tafolla
  74. Mexican American Literature (1990), by C. M. Tatum
  75. New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993), by C. M. Tatum
  76. Civil Disobedience (1993), by H. D. Thoreau
  77. By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996), by L. A. Urrea
  78. Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (2002), by L. A. Urrea
  79. Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992), by L. Valdez
  80. Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995), by O. Zepeda


  1. This all has totally left me speechless!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    1. I understand. But, don't be too speechless - send us a video of you reading!

    2. Yes please Tracy, we Would Love it!

  2. Proud to be supporting you in your effort to bring light to this very unjust and ignorant law.