The List

Most of this list came from here, but that list is by no means definitive. If you know of other books that have been banned that are not listed, please let me know in the comments.


  • Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez
  • The American Vision by Joyce Appleby
  • The Anaya Reader by Rudolfo Anaya
  • "At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria" by Ernesto "Che" Guevara

  • Black Mesa Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
  • By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea

  • C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Cantos Al Sexto Sol: A Collection of Aztalahuac Writing by Cecilio Garcia-Camarillo, Roberto Rodriguez and Patrisia Gonzales
  • Chicano!: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales 
  • The Circuit : Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human by Roberto Rodriguez
  • Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” by Elizabeth Martinez
  • Con Mucho Corazon by Patricia Preciado Martin
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States by Lori Carlson
  • Crisis in American Institutions by Jerome H. Skolnick and Elliot Currie
  • Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  • Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy by Richard Montoya
  • Curandera by Carmen Tafolla

  • De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century by Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez
  • Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology by Howard Zinn
  • The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History by Francisco A. Rosales
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo by José Antonio Burciaga
  • Drown by Junot Díaz

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Muñoz
  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

  • The Ghost of Caesar Chavez: Poems by David Dominguez

  • Healing Earthquakes: Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez

  • Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature by Tey Diana Rebolledo and Eliana S. Rivero
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

  • Justice: A Question of Race by Roberto Rodriguez

  • "La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities" by Ramón Garcia (Rosebud #24)
  • The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  • Let Their Spirits Dance by Stella Pope Duarte
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  • Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 by Thomas E. Sheridan
  • The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest by John R. Chávez
  • Loverboys by Ana Castillo

  • The Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb
  • The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools by David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle
  • Martin & Mediations on the South Valley by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings by Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzales
  • The Mexican American Heritage with Writing Exercises by Carlos M. Jiménez
  • Mexican American Literature by Charles M. Tatum
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña

  • New Chicana/Chicano Writing by Charles M. Tatum
  • Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea

  • Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rudolfo Acuña
  • Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert by Ofelia Zepeda

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology by Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez and Nancy Saporta Sternbach

  • Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States by Lori Marie Carlson
  • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson

  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol
  • Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” by Ken Goodman, Patrick Shannon, and Yetta Goodman
  • So Far from God by Ana Castillo
  • Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam by Charley Trujillo
  • Suffer Smoke by Elena Díaz Björkquist

  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
  • Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen
  • Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz by Mona Ruiz and Geoff Boucher
  • United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy


  • When Living Was a Labor Camp by Diana García
  • Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros
  • Woodcuts of Women by Dagoberto Gilb

  • The X in La Raza II by Roberto Rodriguez

  • Y No Se Lo Trago La Tierra... and the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
  • Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin by Rodolfo Gonzales

  • Zapata's Disciple: Essays by Martín Espada
  • Zigzagger: Stories by Manuel Muñoz
  • Zoot Suit and Other Plays by Luis Valdez
  • Zorro by Isabel Allende