And Tango Makes Three ‒ Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 720
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Book and CD edition (June 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148144994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481449946



And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
Selected as an ALA Notable Children’s Book Nominee and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, “this joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library” (School Library Journal, starred review).


Awards: ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award Winner


Rationale for Inclusion: In addition to being an award winner and being well-reviewed in School Library Journal, this book provides a great way of introducing children to the concept of same-sex relationships, which can help them to develop a greater sense of awareness and tolerance to those who may be different than they are. Additionally, children of same-sex relationships can use this book as a mirror into their own lives, which is especially important considering that there are not a lot of books available that can provide them with this perspective.



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