Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Banned Book Week: And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three, 

byJustin Richardson and Peter Parnell

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Based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who raise a baby penguin together, And Tango Makes Three is a sweet story.  It’s about family, even if that family looks different than the other penguin families in the zoo.  And it has been challenge and removed from libraries repeatedly over the years.

The reasons for these challenges and removals are largely tied to the fact that it portrays two males who create a family together, who would rather spend time with one another than with female penguins.

I hadn’t read this book before, but had heard plenty about it , and found it to be a sweet story with nice illustrations. I know that I won’t likely ever understand the why behind people’s reasons for challenging this book — but it appears as a top-challenged book year after year.

 

Banned Book Week: And Tango Makes Three, at Things Matter.

The Telegraph Article about And Tango Makes Three.

New York Public Library article about And Tango Makes Three.

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