American School Libraries Ridding of All Bill Cosby Children’s Books

Published On April 12, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Once beloved comedian and actor Bill Cosby’s children’s book series has now landed on the American Library Association’s list of the top 10 books that have been targeted for removal from all school libraries.

This annual list is known to include a broad range of titles that could possibly come off as offensive to the child reader.

Some of the other authors include Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” for it’s own depictions of assault 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.

However, Cosby’s “Little Bill” books are the first of it’s kind to be targeted based off of the alleged actions of the author alone, and not for their content, according to ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director James LaRue.

“I think it’s our fascination with celebrity. If we love the person we love everything about him. If we hate the person we hate everything about him. We don’t seem to be able to separate the message from the messenger.”
The famous “Little Bill” books follow the adventures of a young black boy by the name of Bill, a 5-year-old Philadelphia native. This series of¬†books also¬†became an Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series that ran on and off from 1999 to 2006.
The legacy of Mr. Cosby has been tarnished just in the last several years by alleged assault accusations from dozens of women and he is currently facing trial for one woman’s claims.
So, what are your thoughts on this news? Does it make sense that this association is attempting to ban Cosby’s books now, even though Little Bill was an amazing series?
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