Latest Children’s Books Targeted by Protesting Texas Parents

Texas’ Llano County attempts to rid of books with innocent child humor. Read more to learn about the results.

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Parents have the right to say what kind of books their child can or can’t read. Within reason, of course. If I were a parent, I probably wouldn’t allow my middle school child to read something like the Vampire Academy series for its dark themes and sexual moments (a curse I unfortunately bear). Those books should be placed in a high school library. I agree, however, that sometimes parents’ worries are taken too far, such as in the case of Texas parents wanting to get rid of children’s books with humor that is right for their age.

About the Texas Book Ban

Texas is no stranger to banning books in their state. Going back to 2022, reports from the American Library Association share records from 2023, showing that Texas has made 93 attempts to ban more than 2,300 books. To add to the numbers, in recent news, Texas attempted towards an appellate court to get books such as, I Broke My Butt!, and Larry the Farting Leprechaun as well as other books that discuss sexual and gender identity banned from Llano County’s libraries and schools. Described as “pornographic filth,” by protesting parents, their complaints were loud enough to be brought to court.

The Results

However, Texas’ Llano County was unable to go through with the ban of many books, as quoted by an appellate court in The Guardian article, “has ruled that Texas cannot ban books from libraries simply because officials dislike the idea contained in those books.”

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Judge Jacques Wiener Jr, the judge who wrote the majority opinion court decision, wrote, “This court has declared that officials may not ‘remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the idea contained in those books and seek by their removal to prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion’.”

The judge also wrote, “The majority opinion is that librarians will still be allowed to remove titles based on existing criteria — like if they are unpopular, damaged or outdated — regardless of content.” For now, these books are safe with the appeal court voting for the right to stand by the First Amendment, for these authors to create works based on their ideas, and for readers to explore beyond the known horizons.

As the judge first wrote a quote on the court decision:

“The dirtiest book in all the world is the expurgated book.”

Walt Whitman

Or to simplify: a true dirtied book is a book that has been alerted from the author’s intended message.

Children’s Books That Were Almost Banned

With these Texan parents holding conservative values so tightly, it’s almost ridiculous how some books are unnecessarily taken off the shelves, especially these harmless children’s books that show no hint of indecent wordings or hell-raising graphic pictures.

I Broke My Butt! by Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird

I Broke My Butt! by Dawn McMillan, book cover.
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This book is a sequel to McMillan and Ross Kinnaird’s I Need a New Butt (which was not mentioned in Texas book bans). It’s about a kid who, after falling off his bike, gets his butt messed up so bad that the poor kid accidentally glues a tray to his behind. The rest of the story is about the boy making the most of his new butt, nothing offensive to see here! The writing is simple and laid back with a message “that with a little bit of creativity, negatives can be turned into opportunities for fun. Good read for kids and silly adults,” as said by Goodreads reviewer, Kristina. It’s a cute and quick read.

Larry the Farting Leprechaun by Jane Bexley

If parents fear “crass humor” in this book, don’t worry! The summary of this book leaves a little warning of words mostly used in the story such as toot, fart, gas, and booty according to Bookshop.org.

Larry the Farting Leprechaun by Jane Bexley, book cover.
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The only thing offensive about this book is the many ways kids will learn how to say they farted or let one rip in many ways. From the exploding thunder buns to the relentless fart attacks, the mischievous Larry the Leprechaun details how his farts tend to get in the way of him completing his funny pranks and schemes. This will surely give many laughs to kids and adults alike, the artwork being expressive and keeping it simple for the children’s attention span. There is absolutely nothing about this book that screams “pornographic filth” or anything close to hidden sexual undertones, so there was no reason to get this book banned and luckily the court saw the same.

The child’s mind is very young and still developing. Therefore entertainment catered toward kids is simple for their understanding and to simply have a good laugh. Their humor just so happens to be tied to slapsticks involving farts and butt jokes. It’s why the Minions are so popular it warranted their movie, which combined with their franchise, shows more rear ends than any of the books being pressured to banishment.


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