Slog Tipper Bailey/Coy Books has alerted us to some awful book news. I'm sure most of you fondly remember Scholastic Book Fairs and book orders from the Scholastic Book Club in the elementary schools of your youth. But I bet you didn't know that Scholastic censors their books:
Luv Ya Bunches, about four elementary school girls who have little in common, but bond over the fact that they’re all named after flowers, is the first installment of a four-book series. But Scholastic says the book, released on October 1, failed to meet its vetting process because it contains offensive language and same-sex parents of one of the main characters, Milla.
The company sent a letter to Myracle's editor asking the author to omit certain words such as "geez," "crap," "sucks," and "God" (as in, "oh my God") and to alter its plotline to include a heterosexual couple. Myracle agreed to get rid of the offensive language "with the goal—as always—of making the book as available to as many readers as possible," but the deal breaker was changing Milla's two moms.
There is a petition against Scholastic's ridiculous actions here. I'll keep you posted on this story. Thanks to Bailey/Coy Books for the tip.