And Tango Makes Threespent five years as one of the most challenged or banned books* in the United States. It is a picture book based on a couple of real-life male penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City who spent years as a duo and were given an egg to raise. The reasons given for challenges include “homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group.”
This is the book that is apparently going to ruin the minds of children.
A book like And Tango Makes Three is especially important in an era of changing family dynamics. With more and more families headed by same-sex parents, it’s important for their children to see parents like theirs in books so they know they are not alone. Not to mention that it’s extremely likely that a child raised by opposite-sex parents is going to have a classmate with same-sex parents.
Teaching all children that there are many ways to have a family is in important step to ensuring kids are accepting of differences. Just a few decades ago it was scandalous to admit that married parents sometimes got divorced. Kids with a step-dad, a mom, and a dad were left feeling strange and different because it was too taboo to discuss in schools. We can avoid situations like that now. Inclusiveness helps everyone.
Some other frequently challenged books for children featuring same-sex parents:
- Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
- Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
- Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman
- King and King by Linda de Haan
- Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
- Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
Giveaway! Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite banned book and you can have your choice of children’s book mentioned in this post. If you don’t have any children in your life, you can donate it to your local library! Open to anyone who lives where Book Depository delivers.
*2006-2008, 2010 as #1; 2009 as #2, via ALA