King & King, a picture book by two Dutch authors, concerns two princes who marry each other. It supposedly irritated one Oklahoma library patron so much that the Oklahoma House of Reps passed an anti-gay-kids-book resolution. There was a flurry of anti-King & King P.R. at the time, in several states. Included among the King & King disparagers was U.S. Representative Walter Jones, of North Carolina (and "freedom fries" fame). I assumed that the issue was over and done with back in June. Not. (For previous Chicken Spaghetti coverage of the King & King controversy, click here.)
Now the Oklahoma City Library Commission has decided its libraries should file King & King, as well as Heather Has Two Mommies, Daddy Has a Roommate, and The Duke Who Outlawed Jellybeans, in the adult section.
Of all of these books, I've read only King & King. Aside from its subject matter, K & K is notable mostly for its unattractive art. The story line about the prince whose mother wants him to wed pronto, is a "commendable fledgling effort," as School Library Journal said, in the direction of introducing the concept of gay marriage to children. If you are looking for a better book, however, And Tango Makes Three, about two inseparable male penguins who hatch an egg together, deals with a similar theme (nontraditional families—not gay penguin marriage) in a gentler fashion, with heartwarming ilustrations.
Here is the first part of the AP report on the OKC libraries:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After a complaint about
children's books with homosexual content, a library commission has
decided to place youth material of a sensitive nature in a special
collection in the adult section. Members of the Metropolitan
Library Commission voted 10-7 Thursday to place such "easy, easy-reader
and tween" books dealing with "sensitive or controversial topics" into
a special collection that only will be accessible by "adults in