Publisher of Singapore Library’s banned book responds
WORLD / Singapore – Candlewick Press has responded to EdChron.com on our request for comment.
Who’s In My Family? All About Our Families is one of the books the Singapore National Library Board has decided to remove from its collection and pulp. The US publisher, Candlewick Press, has responded through its spokesperson Tracy Miracle:
“Robie H. Harris’ and Michael Emberley’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed books on sexual health for children, preteens, and teens‒It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, It’s Not the Stork, and Who’s in My Family? which is illustrated by Nadine Westcott– now with over 2 million copies in print in over 20 languages worldwide‒provide kids, teens, and their families with vital information they need to stay safe and healthy.
Every year a new set of kids and teens come along who need honest, reliable, psychologically-appropriate, age-appropriate, scientifically and medically accurate and accessible information about sexual health. That’s exactly why the author consults again and again with experts to make sure the information in these books is current and correct in every edition we have published. And it’s why we as publishers‒along with Robie, Michael and Nadine‒are very gratified each time a librarian or educator anywhere in the world makes the carefully considered, conscientious decision to include these books in their collections.”
The book on the author’s website is accompanied by the author’s note below:
“Whatever city or town I am in, not just big urban centers, but also in suburban and rural communities, I marvel at all the different kinds of families. A few years ago, I realized that today’s young children are growing up in a diverse society, and that a book on all kinds of families, and what’s the same and what’s different about families, even within their own families, would be a book that could grab young children.”
“Soon, this seemed like the perfect topic for the illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my four-book series of nonfiction books for young children. In WHO’S IN MY FAMILY? All About Our Families, siblings Nellie and Gus and their parents are off for a day at the zoo, where they see so many different kinds of human families, along with a variety of animal families. To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a big family dinner. My sense is that the matter-of-fact text and conversations between the Gus and Nellie, and the warm accessible illustrations have come together in a book that will help young children feel and understand that no matter what kind of family they have and no matter who is in their family, their families are perfectly normal and totally wonderful!”