Anti-LGBT children’s book banned from Amazon

By July 13, 2018Children's Literature, News

LGBT advocates have banned a children’s book from Amazon!

Censorship is a topic we do not shy away from here at For Reading Addicts, and everyone in our community has an opinion on it. It has been quite a black and white issue for most readers- either they want all books to be published and none to be banned- or they feel it is fine to ban some topics (depending on their own political/moral leanings).

Either way it causes some discussion among book clubs and literary groups alike.

One such group is Family Rhetoric on Facebook, run by Amber Leventry- an LGBTQ advocate- who was disturbed by a title while looking for children’s books on Amazon. Amber discovered a children’s book that horrified her so much that it had to be shared with her followers on Facebook, and drove them to report the title en-masse in hopes of banning it from the major book distributer.




The blurb for the book said: “NO DRESS FOR TIMMY is an exciting story of a Christian boy who stands up for what he knows to be true – George will always be a boy. It is a modern story that confronts the challenges faced by children at a time when transgender ideas are taught to the most vulnerable children in elementary schools.” 

Amber and the group were worried that the book’s message would harm children who are LGBTQ. They decided to report the book for inappropriate content and within a few hours the book was gone.

What are your thoughts, Reading Addicts? Would you have reported the book, or allowed it to be for the sake of ‘free speech’?

When is a book’s content too hateful to publish? Or should all views, no matter how we feel about them, be available to read?




Stig of the Dump Author, Clive King Dies, Aged 94

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Clive King, who brought us the children’s classic Stig of the Dump has died aged 94 earlier this week.

Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.
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Watch the latest Winnie the Pooh live action movie trailer here

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Winnie the Pooh is starring in his own live-action movie, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor as the boy child all grown up, this Summer.

We first had a teaser trailer for it back in March’18 and Disney are treating us to another while we wait for the movie’s release.

In this latest trailer we get to see Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of Pooh’s friends!

Release date is August 3rd 2018- and we cannot wait!

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Anti-LGBT children’s book banned from Amazon

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LGBT advocates have banned a children’s book from Amazon!

Censorship is a topic we do not shy away from here at For Reading Addicts, and everyone in our community has an opinion on it. It has been quite a black and white issue for most readers- either they want all books to be published and none to be banned- or they feel it is fine to ban some topics (depending on their own political/moral leanings).

Either way it causes some discussion among book clubs and literary groups alike.

One such group is Family Rhetoric on Facebook, run by Amber Leventry- an LGBTQ advocate- who was disturbed by a title while looking for children’s books on Amazon. Amber discovered a children’s book that horrified her so much that it had to be shared with her followers on Facebook, and drove them to report the title en-masse in hopes of banning it from the major book distributer.

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Mr Kipling’s Exceedingly Good Roald Dahl cakes

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Roald Dahl is well-known for his vivid descriptions of eating and food, both enticing and repellant, anyone who has read his books can agree. My favourite-James and the Giant Peach- sees Dahl’s fondness for food woven through the whole story- he even dedicates a whole poem to Centipede’s love for food. Any time he mentions food it is never just ‘eaten’- it is munched, crunched, slurped, gobbled up, gulped down, wolfed, crammed, and stuffed. It’s slimy, stinky, creamy, jellied or roasted, crunchy and scrumptious.

It should come as no surprise that the people at Roald Dahl’s literary estate have teamed up with another British national treasure like Mr Kipling to bring us something extra special this Summer. Mr Kipling has been a part of British culture since 1967; a promise to be baker-quality produce, and their slogan “Exceedingly good cakes” helped make the company a household name by 1976. They first joined forces with the Dahl Estate last year but this time round they are rolling out the produce for every supermarket- and wholesale.

Spread the scrumptious love!

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The Witches by Roald Dahl may be returning to our screens

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Roald Dahl may have left this mortal realm years ago but his influence continues!

Anyone who was a child in the 1990s will remember the absolute horror that was the movie version of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Although thoroughly entertaining, the film pretty much scarred any and all small children who saw it. Anjelica Huston played the Grand High witch so well that I am still not sure she isn’t really a witch…

There are currently talks between Warner Bros and Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future trilogy) to bring a long-overdue remake to our screens! Although not officially confirmed yet, keep your eyes open for more news as we report it.

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US Authors Campaigning Against ‘Kids in Cages’

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Wherever you are it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard about the current move by the US administration separating children from their parents who are seeking asylum. Despite many smokescreens and accusations that this policy has been around under previous administrations, that is simply a myth. The policy was introduced on 6th April 2018 and was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller and approved by President Trump to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration. Read More

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