The controversy (this time) surrounds Lauren Myracle’s book for older elementary kids, Luv Ya Bunches. The book, which features a character with two mothers, was initially banned from Scholastic book fairs. When that caused an uproar among parents, Scholastic “compromised” by allowing it into their middle school fairs.
Whew, so that’s settled, right? Wrong.
The Illinois Family Institute is now calling for parents to boycott Scholastic for allowing book selections that feature LGBT issues.
Parents are being asked to request that the Scholastic book order not be sent home with their child, and that their student not be taken to the book fair when it comes to their school. In addition, there’s a form letter that reads:
“As long as Scholastic Books chooses to sell and promote books that contain offensive content that we believe harms individuals, undermines the natural family, and corrupts society, we will purchase books for our children elsewhere.”
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, huh Scholastic? I think that being one of the largest education publishers in the world comes with a price: You’ve got to do what you think is right, even if it means that someone, somewhere is going to think you’re wrong.
Scholastic is clearly trying to walk a line here: They’ve agreed to add the book, but only to middle school students — even though the book is clearly written for the elementary crowd. I think it’s time for them to decide whether they want to appeal to a “wide range of interests and reading abilities of children in the many diverse cultures and communities we serve,” or whether they’re just trying to sell books.
Would you care if a book like Luv Ya Bunches sat on the shelf during your child’s book fair?
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