Books Diversity Reading Challenge

Banned Book Week: Have you read this banned book?

Banned Book Week:

Have you read this banned book?


And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango’s family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children’s book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

I love this book so hard. SO HARD y’all. It’s an absolutely adorbs depiction of family life. And kids love penguins so, what’s the problem, right? ┬áThe problem is that the two penguins are males and some folks think that a picture book for the littles shouldn’t include depictions of homosexuality.

As with all things, I think you should give it a read before you judge. And also? I don’t think kids care so much about two mommies or two daddies as long as they are loved. If you’ve read it, it counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge.

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

1 reply on “Banned Book Week: Have you read this banned book?”

My kids love this book. My son was excited to see Roy & Silo & Tango at the Central Park Zoo, even though we couldn’t pick them out of all the penguins in the exhibit.

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