Lord Have Mercy, Why Is Little Bill On The Most Banned Book List???


Reader, what do you think about banning a book not because it has objectionable content, but because its writer stands accused of sexual assault? 

Bill Cosby's children's book series Little Bill is one of the most banned books in America... According to a list compiled by the American Library Association the Little Bill book series ranks no.9 on the 2016 list of books banned from public libraries and the only one on the list because of “criminal sexual allegations against the author.”


On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual report of the most-challenged books and articles nationwide. Among the 10 titles that parents and other gatekeepers challenged or banned are coming-of-age graphic novel This One Summer and Drama, an illustrated story with an LGBTQ character.


The no.1 book on the list, young adult novel “This One Summer,” was banned over its inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity. The list is compiled based on 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. About 10 percent of the reported challenges resulted in the removal of the book.





In fact, LGBTQ stories made up the bulk of this year’s top 10 list, with novels such as David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing and Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings’ I Am Jazz, about a transgender character, also making appearances. An ALA challenge is broadly defined; it can mean a person or group lodged a request to remove a title from a library or from a school’s curriculum.

Comments

  1. Miss Ann,

    I don't think it matters whether the book is banned or not. What matters is for every parent/guardian trains their children up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). It is important that the parents/guardians understand and know what that way is (John 14:6).

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    1. The LORD is my Shepherd,I get it, I really do. He apparently "supposedly" did some despicable things. However, the stories in his books don't contain despicable subject matter. They are loved by many children. Since the books are already purchased, and on the shelves, he doesn't stand to gain any more profits by them. The only ones to suffer a consequence because of their removal is children who will miss out on some great literature. My grand daughter love these books.

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    2. Hitler did this too to cleanse his society, burn any book you don't agree with, 'its the Nazi way.'

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  2. Just found out Dr.Seuss was a racists and a bigot and his books are everywhere...hummm makes you think doing the right thing is not the main motive for removing Little Bill.

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  3. Ms. Ann, the annual list from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tends to include a broad range of titles with the potential to offend. Repeat "honorees" include Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" for depictions of rape and incest, transgender reality TV star Jazz Jenning's coming out story, "Fifty Shades of Grey" for obvious reasons, and the "Harry Potter" books because of witchcraft.But Cosby's "Little Bill" books are believed to the first time a title has been targeted solely for its author and not its content, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director James LaRue said.

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  4. That's crazy. My kids loved Little Bill. I see nothing wrong with it.

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  5. The author to the original "Alice in wonderland" was a child molester and his story is still very popular everywhere.

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  6. My grandson loved the books about Little Bill. There was an animated TV series as well that taught moral issues, but that has been removed also. The written books had nothing to do with the choice and behavior of the writer. Its just sad!

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  7. I'm sad to hear this because the books and show taught good values and for once showed people of color with whom kids could identify. I clearly understand why the author is in question but the material is not. There are so many other books on the market that should be removed.

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