The Association for Library Service to Children calls itself the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. The ALSC’s network includes more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to engaging communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children.
Again, that is how the ALSC describes itself.
But here is how it looks in practice. Let’s take a look at the ALSC Summer Reading List for birth-Pre-K.
*Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi. Here is what the brochure says:
“Racial consciousness develops younger than many people realize, and this picture book will give parents and caregivers a launchpad for having these important conversations with their little ones.”
You can view the book at the YouTube link below:
Another book on the list is called “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.” The brochure says:
“Written by one of the first Drag Queen Story Hour performers, this picture book will get kids moving and proudly flaunting their most glamorous selves.”
Here is the disturbing book:
Again, these books are encouraged to be summer reading for children from birth through Pre-K.