Picture Book on Adoption Booted from Kids Section

A children’s book based on a true story about a pair of male penguins adopting an egg has been removed from the library over parental concerns about homosexuality. The illustrated book, “And Tango Makes Three,” is based on a story of penguins Roy and Silo, who adopted an abandoned egg at New York City’s Central Park Zoo in the late 1990s.

The book, written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, was moved from the children’s section at two Rolling Hills’ Consolidated Library’s branches in Savannah and St. Joseph in northwest Missouri. Two parents had expressed concerns about the book last month. Here’s the report .

Barbara Read, the Rolling Hills'(MO) director, said experts report that adoptions aren’t unusual in the penguin world. However, moving the book to the nonfiction section would decrease the chance that it would “blindside” readers, she said.