For years now, LGBT activists and their allies have been pushing out children’s books that confuse and sexualize children by teaching them that “love makes a family” and that children can choose whatever “gender identity” they wish – discarding their male or female bodily sex.
Now, a children’s book, Elephants are Not Birds, by conservative activist Ashley St. Clair, is countering that trend. From the new, conservative publishing house Brave Books, the picture book features a singing elephant named Kevin and a vulture named Culture, who tries to convince Kevin that with a few cosmetic changes – some feathers and a paper beak – he can be a bird, too.
Of course, that plan flops, as does Kevin, who finally appreciates that elephants and birds are different – and that’s a good thing. St. Clair told The Daily Mail that Kevin “realizes he’s better the way he was made and he can like to sing and still be an elephant.”
She added, “But I believe that the entire concept of transgenderism is confusing to kids, and eventually damaging if they make life altering decisions such as gender transitioning when they may not necessarily be trans.”
In a video promoting the book, St. Clair says, “Our children have to realize that elephants are not birds and boys are not girls … and they’re not interchangeable.”
As expected, St. Clair and the book have been on the receiving end of hateful comments from activists and their allies in the mainstream media. The Daily Mail calls Elephants Are Not Birds an “anti-trans children’s book” and says, “The book is a swipe at children who identify as another gender other than their own …”
The author tweeted, “Someone really said I’m a ‘transphobe’ and ‘have blood on my hands’ for writing a conservative children’s book about a singing elephant.”
The trend to push sexual confusion and LGBT issues on children started in the late 70s/early 80s, with controversial, gay-themed picture books like Heather Has Two Mommies, Jenny Lives with Eric and Marten and Daddy’s Roommate.
Now, the LGBT children’s genre has exploded and become mainstream. Dozens of picture books, like Prince and Knight, Maiden and Princess, The GayBCs, and A Day of Pride, promote the ideology that same-sex relationships and marriage are no different from male-female relationships and marriage.
Likewise, dozens of books have been published that encourage gender confusion and transgender ideology, with titles like Call Me Tree (seriously), My Princess Boy, The Gender Wheel, and The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish. These picture books teach toddlers and early elementary students that “gender” is distinct from bodily sex, that they can choose their own “gender identity” and that they might even change from one sex to the other.
Such books are widely available and read to young children in schools and libraries in every state.
Brave Books was founded by CEO Trent Talbot, who told the New York Post that after having his first child just over a year ago, he realized “that there is a real war going on for the hearts and minds of our kids. And everywhere I looked was propaganda.”
In a video introducing the company, Talbot said, “When my daughter was born, I realized I couldn’t rely on the culture around me to teach my children good values, these values they need to work hard, care for the weak, and to appreciate the freedom we adore in America. That’s why we at Brave Books have written stories with timeless virtues for the next generation.”
Brave Books has created a whole online, interactive universe with characters who fight authoritarian powers, promote inventiveness and free enterprise, and fight for life. Future books will cover issues such as the sanctity of life, cancel culture, family, communism vs. capitalism, and critical race theory.
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Back to School – For Parents – A busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them.
National Education and Library Groups Co-Sponsor Transgender Reading Day for Elementary School Children
Parents in Virginia Pushing Back Against Library Books that Confuse and Sexualize Children
Resources When Your Child Encounters LGBT Ideology at School
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