Katy ISD Cancels Author Visit; Books Pulled from Libraries Pending Review After Parent Concerns


October 5, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy ISD canceled an author’s visit over parent concerns. Now New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Jerry Craft’s award-winning books have been pulled from school libraries pending an official review.


Author Jerry Craft Talk Canceled

Many Katy 3rd-5th graders were looking forward to meeting with author and illustrator Jerry Craft via Zoom. That meeting was canceled after a group of Katy parents raised concerns over the books referencing critical race theory.

Craft is the winner of the 2020 Newberry Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize for his graphic novel, “New Kid” and its sequel “Class Act.”

Katy mom Bonnie Anderson received the flyer from her twin third grader’s school, like many Katy parents did.

“I review all of their instructional material whether it’s a math worksheet or something like this,” says Bonnie Anderson, who previously ran for a Katy ISD Board of Trustee position.

Anderson read Jerry Craft’s books and grew concerned over how racism was presented in them and believes they push a critical race theory curriculum.

According to Anderson, the book depicts white children displaying microaggressions to children on color. She admits that the books do not come out and say, ‘we want white children to feel like oppressors,' but that is what she feels the books do.

SB 3739 became law on September 1 and prohibits schools from presenting critical race theory material in social studies.

“This is very subversive because they aren’t calling it Critical Race Theory and it’s not being presented in social studies,” says Anderson.