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.


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Oh Katherine Applegate, why do you torture us so and make humans out to be complete jerks???  Because, my friends, sometimes we are when it comes to animals.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This message will stay with you forever. FOREVER!

The message in here is not pedantic so readers who hate books that they think are teaching them a lesson will love it. Who doesn’t love animals, right? On the surface, The One and Only Ivan is a sweet tale of Ivan and his friends at the Big Top Mall. But underneath, readers will understand that animals have feelings, deserve respect, and that humans can be cruel (and sometimes nice).

Why was I weeping over a giant Gorilla?

Because Ivan.

Did you cry too?