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?  The 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.


Celebrate the FREADOM to Read: Banned Book Week

ALA Freadom Slide 2013 (2)

Every year countless books are challenged or banned;  2012 was no different. Many thanks to the American Library Association for the list of challenged books and the reasons for the challenge.  Do you recognize any of these books?  Have you read any?

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

I’ve read a few, including these…

Unconventional Librarian