Why Did Scholastic Ban This Book From School Fairs? The Scary Gay Parents / Queerty
If you attended one of America's public schools, then perhaps in elementary school you took part in one of Scholastic's book fairs — the reading company's traveling stab at getting kids to put down the PSP and pick up book of glued pages. But if you're a kid today, one book you won't find is Luv Ya Bunches. It's too gay.
Also, it has the terms "crap," "sucks," and "Oh my God" in it.
Is there any better a story for kids than one about four young girls with nothing in common, but who form a bond because they're all named after flowers? Lauren Myracle’s Luv Ya Bunches, released Oct. 1, is that type of feel-good tome. But because it's written for kids who are living in 2009, and not, say, 1959, one of the characters — egads! — has gay parents!
That's too much for Scholastic, which told publisher Abrams/Amulet it would need to submit a copy of the book with the bad words removed, and give the character Milla a set of hetero parents.
*Thanks again to Dorian
, who has become one of my main sources for civil rights news*