New Mexico author Anaya's work is number 75 on the list of most frequently challenged books. Banned from Bloomfield, NM high school (1981) where school board member remarked "We took the books out and personally saw they were burned."
2008: Banned from the Orestimba High School’s English classes in Newman, Calif. after complaints that the book is profane and anti-Catholic.
2005: Superintendent of the Norwood (Colorado) High School banned the book for its profanity even though he admits he never read it.
In May 1968 an Albuquerque high school student complained to the Rev. Bradley Parsons (Albuquerque Baptist Church) about the book’s use of profanities. The Reverend by-passed school board procedures, going directly to the media. Parsons admitted he had not read the book, yet his actions led parents and parishioners to read the book in search of profanity. For failure to follow school board procedures, Parsons’ claim was dismissed and the book remained in use.
Winner of the Caldecott Medal for children's illustrations.
Challenged at the El Paso, Tex. Public Library (1994) because "the little boy pictured did not have any cloths on and it pictured his private area."
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Removed from classrooms in Carlsbad schools (1982) because it defines "obscene" words.
by Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: 2003-09-02
In October 2013 the parent of an Alamogordo High School student complained the novel was 'inappropriate' for teens and the book was removed from the school's classrooms and the "required reading list." The book remained available in the school library and after a review process the following month was determined to be "educational suitable, balanced, and age-appropriate for high school students.”
Published by El Paso's Cinco Punto Press, the funding for this title was revoked by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1999. According to the publisher, the NEA was concerned that "funds might end up in the hands of the Zapatistas." The book was ultimately published with financial backing of the Lannan Foundation.