And Tango Makes Three, which tells the story of two male penguins raising a baby chick together, has received complaints claiming its content is against the country’s “traditional family values”, reports Yahoo News.
Two other books, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, which features a lesbian couple, and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families, are also being destroyed by Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB).
“The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is what the books in question are about,” said the country’s Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim in support of the decision.
“Societies are never static, and will change over time. But NLB’s approach is to reflect existing social norms, and not to challenge or seek to change them,” he added.
The NLB’s decision has caused a backlash on social media, and a petition to keep the books on library shelves has been created, which criticises the NLB for “withdrawing titles from the shelves hastily simply because it offends the sensibilities of some people”.