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Children's book "The Family Tree" banned from Erie School District for gay reference – author Todd Parr and Erie school rep explain

There's a major uproar in a Midwest school district over a popular children's book. It's called "The Family Book" written by "The New York Times" best-selling author Todd Parr and the book has won a 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.

Thought the book has been available for nearly 10 years, it has just been banned by a school district in Erie, Illinois, because of one single line: "Some families have two moms or two dads."

"There's nobody out here that's against gays or lesbians," Erie School Board president Charlie Brown says. "I mean, I'm not. We've chosen to source our materials from another source at that time for that building."

Author Todd Parr talks to Soledad about the news of his book being banned, and Erie School District Superintendent Bradley Cox explains the district's position on the book.

Filed under: Banned books • Homosexuality
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