Gay Penguin Children’s Book ‘And Tango Makes Three’ is Once Again the Nation’s Most Controversial Library Book

The ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010 include the following titles; each title is followed by the reasons given for challenging the book:

1. "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

3. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit

4. "Crank" by Ellen Hopkins

Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit

5. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

6. "Lush" by Natasha Friend

Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

7. "What My Mother Doesn’t Know" by Sonya Sones

Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

8. "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America" by Barbara Ehrenreich

Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint

9. "Revolutionary Voices" edited by Amy Sonnie

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit

10. "Twilight" by  Stephenie Meyer

Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence



  1. says

    Wait until Perez Hilton’s “children’s book” comes out. That will not only, likely, be publicly burned by extremists, but Perez himself is likely to be burnt in effigy. Although I think he deserves the latter.

  2. Rob says

    I’m starting to think we need to form our own religion – “The Church of GLBQT & Allies” if you will. Then when this kind of garbage starts we could issue statements saying, for example in this case, criticism of this book is an insult to our religious viewpoint. Time for fighting fire with fire.

  3. Francis says

    If you notice, basically all of the most controversial books are because of the supposed sexual content in the books. That just highlights the puritan attitudes of so many in this country when it comes to anything that could even be implied as sexual in the eyes of the twisted.

    The thing that always gets me though is how a lot of parents want to just ban the books entirely, although many parents have no issue with the book. They are so scared and threatened by anything that doesn’t fit their puritan beliefs that they want to completely censor anyone and everyone from reading the book so they don’t become “brainwashed” in their eyes. So sick. Shows you how little so many have matured in this country.

  4. kodiak says

    Nickle and Dimed? WTF? Who are these thought police? Is this the Fox News banned book list?

  5. Fenrox says

    WOW. Thoughts:

    Nickeled and Dimed is required reading, It is on this list because if everyone read it there would be real change and reform for the poor.

    Big props to Sherman Alexie for making the list!

    And lastly why does anyone care what the crazy-overprotective-delusional-people-who-don’t-read think? Ah ‘Merica, Where the last person you would want is the first person asked.

  6. says

    Absolutely infuriating. A family friend bought me “And Tango Makes Three” as a gift a couple of years ago and it is just about the cutest thing ever put on paper.

  7. JDB says

    If you feel strongly about this issue, there’s one thing you can do for sure to make a difference. Find out if your local or school librarian supports or opposes viewpoint discrimination. If they oppose it (as they should), then thank them for keeping an open mind and an open library. If they support it, complain to whoever employs them. (City or county council, etc.)

  8. GregV says

    There is another popular book that I’ve seen in numerous school libraries (including elementary schools!) that seems to have slipped under the radar.

    It has more violence than these ten all combined, plus numerous orgies, rapes, illicit affairs, sex between sons and mothers, people masturbating with animal idols, depictions of cult rituals and men having sex with hundreds of women.

    It’s called the Holy Bible.
    Have there been no complaints?