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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Daddy’s Roommate Isn’t Moving Into Wasilla

posted by on October 21 at 10:57 AM

A little while ago, I wrote about someone donating two gay-themed kid’s books to the Wasilla Library. Those books weren’t put on the shelves, but it’s not what you think:

The Wasilla library does have children’s books dealing with homosexuality, including one title, “And Tango Makes Three,” about two male penguins raising an egg together.

[Library Director K.J.] Martin-Albright said the titles Petrelis donated failed to make it on library shelves because they are poorly constructed, lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers. The books also appeared unable to stand repeated use, and would have likely fallen apart eventually.

“It really doesn’t have anything to do with the content or lack of content,” Martin-Albright said.

The donated books will go to Friends of Wasilla Library, to be sold during a future book sale. The money generated from those books sales goes to funding projects at the library.

It looks like, as someone commented on the intial Slog post, that Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate aren’t the go-to books on the subject anymore. I can say from personal experience that that Tango book was all the rage with Seattle parents at Christmastime a year or two ago. It’s heartening that there are actually good books for kids about homosexuality now, instead of just token books, and the Wasilla Library already had the books in stock.

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As a gay parent, can I just say that Daddy's Roommate and Heather Has Two Mommies both make me wanna hurl?

Posted by Dan Savage | October 21, 2008 11:02 AM

How about just having a normal kids' book with gay parents as minor characters, the role straight parents play in kids' books? Why always titles like, "Look, That Kid Has Gay Parents!" and "Joey's House Has Two MILFs"?

Posted by Ziggity | October 21, 2008 11:12 AM

I CALLED IT (comment #3 of original post).

Posted by David | October 21, 2008 11:20 AM

I kinda have to agree with the Wasilla library.

I applaud the message(s) in Heather has Two Mommies, and Daddy's Roommate. But seriously, they are horrible kids books. Boring and preachy and no fun whatsoever.

And Tango Makes Three, on the other hand, is adorable as fuck. And kids love, LOVE, LOVE penguins. This is an excellent kids book, and the better choice hands down.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 21, 2008 11:41 AM

Did you see the flame-broiling that Stewart (Jason Jones, really) delivered to Wasilla? Unfuckingbelievable. The close, with the NYCFD walking at Ground Zero, was stunning.

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 11:45 AM

I've given Tango to all the little kids I know. They love it. It's my little three-year-old cousin's favorite book.

Posted by willendorf | October 21, 2008 12:21 PM

And cutting edge, in your face series' like the VHS box set of My Two Dads have been replaced by the more subtle, Perfect Strangers.

#5 - I thought that was of the better "news" pieces I'd seen in months.

Posted by Dougsf | October 21, 2008 12:43 PM

Thank goodness we still have activists who know how to promote a gay-positive agenda! We need more gay activists donating more gay-themed books to public libraries.

Posted by MPetrelis | October 21, 2008 4:22 PM

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