Bill Cosby’s children book series was recently named one of the top ten most challenged books by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Little Bill making the list is remarkable because it is the first time that a book is being widely challenged for its author, rather than its content. People began protesting the books most likely do to the sexual allegations made against actor, comedian, and author Bill Cosby. For a book to be challenged, someone must try to get it removed from a public library or school curriculum. Many might also remember the animated television show, which was an extension of the Little Bill series.
Director of American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, James LaRue defends the books remaining in libraries and schools. He said, “I would say we try to purchase books that appeal to a certain age group, that the books themselves were well reviewed and that they have
positive message. I would also say that you may disagree with him as a person, but these books aren’t about that.”
LaRue also defends other highly challenged books such as the Harry Potter Series, Fight Club, To Kill A Mockingbird, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by saying, “One of the real issues is that fewer schools have librarians so they don’t know there’s a thoughtful way to respond to complaints. You also have school librarians saying upfront that they won’t want profanity or sex in the books they acquire.” Undoubtedly, Bill Cosby is a topic of controversy, but does that have to mean 5 year old Little Bill from Philadelphia must suffer as well?
Alanna Shingler Staff Reporter