Banned or Challenged Books, Grades Pre-K–4

Celebrate your freedom to read! This gallery features banned or challenged children's books, plus a literature guide or classroom activity for each book. Some of these titles will surprise you!

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

The children's book And Tango Makes Three is based on a true story of two male penguins who hatch and raise a chick at New York City's Central Park Zoo. Since its publication, the book has been challenged in elementary and public libraries. It was among the top five most frequently challenged books of the 2000s.

Activity: Start a discussion about the meaning of family with the resources in this educator's guide for And Tango Makes Three, a true story about a nontraditional family of penguins. This printable includes several research topics for studying zoo animals and learning more about penguins.

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