A picture book featuring two male penguins raising their baby is one of the most complained about books in US libraries, according to a report released yesterday by the American Library Association.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins who got together and raised a chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.
Since 2006, the 32-page picture book has been consistently featured as one of the nation’s most complained about novels; it sits at number three on this year’s list, underneath Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The reasons given for the book’s inclusion on the list include the fact that it it is ‘anti-family’, and ‘promotes the homosexual agenda’.
Co-author Justin Richardson has previously said: ‘We wrote the book to help parents teach children about same-sex parent families.
‘It’s no more an argument in favor of human gay relationships than it is a call for children to swallow their fish whole or sleep on rocks.’
The illustrated tale has also caused controversy elsewhere: following complaints from a Facebook group, Singapore libraries withdrew the book from its public libraries in 2014.
Despite its vocal critics, the book is now frequently used in schools to teach children about diversity and family relationships.
A tenth anniversary edition is set to be released on 2nd June 2015.