Children’s Story About a Same-Sex Penguin Couple Tops Library Complaint

“And Tango Makes Three” is a children’s book based on the adorable true story of two chinstrap penguins named Roy and Silo who live in the Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo are both male penguins, and they adopted and raised a chick named Tango. The story is touching and the book helps parents teach children about same-sex couples.

My personal favorite is the final line of the book:

And like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep.

Adorable, right? Well, not according to the American Library Association. The book once again topped the list of most frequently challenged books. (It was also number one in 2007, 2008, and 2009.) According to the American Library Association:

A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.

How tragic is it that this book that helps children to understand a topic most parents do not know how to even approach is being attacked and taken off of shelves for being controversial? When are we going to start teaching our kids about inclusion? Why not tell kids about different people? We need to tell our children that is is okay to be gay. Because, if we don’t…we could lose them before they learn that it gets better…

Keep that in mind.

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5 thoughts on “Children’s Story About a Same-Sex Penguin Couple Tops Library Complaint

  1. Although I haven’t personally read this story, I’m familiar with it. I think its a great vehicle for parents to start teaching their children about same-sex couples. It’s a shame this book has to face such harsh treatment, when it tells such a beautiful story. That being said, many books that we consider to be of literary value were at one point considered unacceptable too.

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