The book And Tango Makes Three is inspired by the real story of Roy and Silo, two penguins living at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Having been a couple for a while, they wanted to have a family and ended up with a daughter, Tango.
So far so good, right? Now you are wondering why this book is “listed as the number one most-banned title” in the US? Well, that is because Tango“was the very first penguin to have two daddies.” Care2 explains that “the concept of homosexuality is the reason for the ban.” while also saying that it is not what the book is about. It is about love and tolerance and about the wish to have a family.
Children’s books are definitely important and we should give good books to our youngest generation. Good books are often controversial because they make us think and inspire us for discussion – why not with our children? I recently came across this modern book for children (watch the video below) and I enjoyed the discourse on perspectives. Because there are always many stories within in one, we should shake it a little more often.
If you like children’s books, read this interview with Maurice Sendak. He is definitely one of my heroes, and what I have in mind when thinking of valuable books for children. “I refuse to lie to children,” he says. That is a good start.