Monday, September 27, 2010

Reasons for banning books can sometimes be hilarious

Sometimes the reasons behind book banning can be hilarious...
According to Yahoo news, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin & illustrated by Eric Carle was banned by the Texas Board of Education in January 2010 because they mistakenly thought it was written by the same Bill Martin who wrote Ethical Marxism:  The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.
Just for the record, here are a few of the other Bill Martins not responsible for writing a great children's book:
*a British rugby league footballer
*four different musicians
*a Washington DC Lawyer
*a retired American basketball player
*the Director of Athletics at the University of Michigan
*two retired NFL football players
*5 time Manager of the New York Yankees (Billy Martin)
*a stage name briefly adopted by Billy Joel in 1972 
TEXAS, IF YOU ARE LISTENING, NONE OF THE ABOVE BILL MARTINS WROTE THIS BOOK!

3 comments:

Beth said...

Great post!

readingkidsbooks said...

Thanks Beth. What amazes me is that this is a recent event! It's shocking really...

Margriet said...

I have been wanting to start a "Banned Book Club"! Wouldn't it be fun to just read books that have been banned?! This would include Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch and Anne Frank's Diary... Sad but true.