This Bestselling Kids' Author Was Dropped From Visiting a Texas School For a Very Telling Reason

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Texas, you have disappointed me again. My home state is constantly in the news for the worst reasons, and as a book-lover and mom of three, I’m upset once again by your complete lack of care for our kids. You’ve heard of banned books for completely ridiculous (also, racist and sexist) reasons, but Texas is now banning best-selling author Emma Straub from talking to her kids about her new book — about hats! — for the most telling reason.

The This Time Tomorrow author, who is mom to sons River and Miles with her husband Michael, is on a book tour to promote her Jan. 2023 release of her first children’s book, Very Many Hats. According to a note in her newsletter titled “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” she had two events cancelled at Texas schools for a very eyebrow-raising reason. “The two schools we were supposed to visit had cancelled, due to a couple of parents complaining to the school board about something they’d seen on my social media,” she wrote.

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She added, “Here’s what I could find on my social media that a Texan school board might object to: the abortion fundraiser we hosted at Books Are Magic, at which we raised more than $15,000 for abortion funds, one of my sons in a dress, and our ongoing Melt The Guns fundraiser for Everytown, for which we have raised (to date) over $25,000.”

The Books Are Magic bookstore owner continued, “I am very proud of all of those things, and obviously I come from a place of extreme privilege in pretty much every way possible, and my various livelihoods are not impacted by these schools choosing not to host me. Mostly it just made me think about all the incredible books and authors that won’t be welcome in these schools and others like them, and all the kids who are missing out. So I guess the PSA here is to join your local school board if you want a say about which authors are invited (or uninvited) from your kids’ schools.”

While all of those things likely contributed to her cancelled school trip, the Katy Independent School District in Houston, Texas, released a statement referencing why they cancelled Straub’s appearance.

“The visit was intended to be an opportunity to visit with a children’s book author, who wrote Very Many Hats and learn about the writing process,” said the letter, which the school district shared with CNN. “However, it has been brought to our attention that this author has regularly used inappropriate and foul language on her social media platforms – specifically repeated use of the ‘F’ word. This type of language, as you know, does not align with our school and community’s values.”

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