Librarians Come Out With List of Most-Challenged Books, Gay Penguins?

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Gay penguins are rather unusual in children's literature, but you have to admit they would have really spiced up "The Wind and the Willows."

But while birds do it, bees do it and even educated fleas do it, the thought of two male penguins doing it -- especially in a children's book -- gives some parents both the heebies and the jeebies.

Thus a lot of parents want "And Tango Makes Three," the story of two gay penguins raising a son, removed from school and public libraries. Every year, the American Library Association lists the books people most try to ban. "Tango" is No. 1 this year, moving up from No. 2 last year.

That doesn't mean the book is going anywhere. St. Louis Today reports most challenges result in librarians listening politely and little else.

Here are all 10 books that send people into huffs, lathers, tizzies and hissy fits:

1. "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Penguins can be gay? That certainly explains Tennessee Tuxedo.

2."The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. The title is misleading. This has nothing to do with Pochantas. No one talks to trees. Not that you would want them to. Such language.

3. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. Sure it's a biting piece of social commentary and a classic piece of literature, but it has bad words in it.

4. "Crank" by Ellen Hopkins. People addicted to crystal meth use four-letter words and often make poor sexual choices. Who knew?

5. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Another bleak, grimly realistic view of a dystopian future -- without any talking animals.

6. "Lush" by Natasha Friend. Why can't people write nice books about alcoholic parents?

7. "What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya Sones. Unrealistic. How many teenage girls spend time thinking about boys?

8. "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Living on minimum wage sucks. Shh. No one is supposed to know.

9. "Revolutionary Voices" edited by Amy Sonnie. It's about homosexuality, but hey, there's nothing in it about gay penguins.

10. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer. Aieee! Sparkly vampires!

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