And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell; Illustrated by Henry Cole

and tango makes threeAwards: ALA Notable Children’s Book Nominee, ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award Winner, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Council), Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year, S.E.A. Write Award Finalist

After I visited Lee Wind’s blog today, I was reminded of a picture book favorite of mine and figured this was a great opportunity to write about it since it is GLBT month (though I will by no means limit GLBT titles to this month!)

And Tango Makes Three is a true and heartwarming story about Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins living in New York’s Central Park Zoo.

These two penguins did everything together. “They bowed to each other. And walked together. They sang together. And swam together. Wherever Roy went, Silo went too.”

When other penguins began to have families and these two tried to hatch rocks, a kind zookeeper gave them an egg that another penguin couple were unable to care for. After a lot of careful work and waiting, little Tango was born.

The illustrations are colorful and show different types of human families: from a grandmother with her grandchildren, to a single mother pushing a stroller; the reader is left to infer the possibilities.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. This is one of my favorite picture books because it shows that happy and healthy families grow from love–regardless of their sexual orientation or species!


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