Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Penguins v. bombs

I recently came across Unshelved, a fun library-themed web comic (thank you, Librarilly Blonde). This strip struck a chord. I've always thought the fact And Tango Makes Three was on the "banned" list was sad. It's an adorable, wonderfully illstrated picture book based on the true story of two adult male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who take in a parentless baby penguin. It's come under controversy in school districts across the country for supporting same-sex relationships and adoption, and rose to #1 on the American Library Association's list of most-challenged books. I think picture books about animals provide a great, fun way to teach children about ideas and situations they'll encounter in the real world. Unfortunately, much of America seems not to agree.

And Tango Makes Three

ATMT on the ALA Challenge List, 2007
ATMT on the ALA Challenge List, 2009
Some other challenged titles

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