Scholastic Pushes Gender Confusion and LGBTQ Agenda on Children

Sep 1, 2023

Even though Scholastic has been known as the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books for many years, the company is taking advantage of its platform to promote a blatant LGBTQ agenda to innocent minors. 

Scholastic provides classroom teachers and students in public and private pre-K through high school access to books through book clubs and book fairs.  Classroom teachers and early childhood directors actively use Scholastic Book Clubs to allow students to purchase the company’s books. Teachers are also given free books and resources delivered directly to their classrooms. Scholastic Book Fairs are weeklong in-school events where the company provides the books, planning tools, and display cases and are run by volunteer parents, teachers, and school librarians.   

However, Scholastic, which has been well-known for the book, Clifford the Big Red Dog, now is clearly pushing gender ideology and sexual confusion onto children through its books.

The former CEO Dick Robinson stated before he passed away in 2021, “We believe Scholastic can make the greatest impact by continuing to promote the work of LGBTQIA+ creators in our publishing, including the support and amplification of transgender and non-binary voices. This year, eight of the ten most challenged books on the American Library Association’s Most Challenged Books List were there because of LGBTQIA+ content, and we are proud that two of them were published by Scholastic: Raina Telgemeier’s Drama and Alex Gino’s George, the #1 most challenged book of last year.” 

Chief Inclusion Officer Lindsey Cotter’s bio currently states that she “devotes her full attention and focus to developing and implementing Scholastic’s five-part Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) strategy, which is a core priority for the company.” 

Scholastic provides a “Read With Pride: Educator, Caregiver, and Advocate Resources for Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth and Books” resource guide that categorizes its books as LGBTQIA+ Family Member, Lesbian/Sapphic, Gay, Bi/Pan, Transgender, Nonbinary/Gender Fluid, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and ARO/ACE/Demi. The guide includes a list of glossary words that are “widely accepted amongst LGBTQIA+ people” and “resources” that “support” LGBTQIA+ youth. 

One of the recommended books on Scholastic’s BookRoom list is Smile, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, who is also the author of Drama, a book with strong thematic elements including sexual material that has been labeled for grades 5-8. These children ages 9-14 are told to believe that their parents are evil and homophobic if they don’t agree with the LGBTQ agenda.

Other recommended books include My Moms Love Me, The Witch Boy: A Graphic Novel Series, and Drag Teen. Awake, Asleep includes families with same-sex parents and Forever Home’s main character has two dads. 

Stars in Their Eyes, by Aska and Jessica Walton, is recommended for ages 12-18 and looks at an LGBT love story. One of the co-authors, Jessica Walton, also wrote Introducing Teddy, a picture book for preschool to first grade that “introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible and heart-warming story.” 

Lewis Hancox is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel, Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure, a graphic novel focused toward 14-year-olds in high school. Hancox partnered with Scholastic for his sequel to this book called, Escape from St. Hell. 

The Girl From the Sea is recommended for ages 12-18. The author, Molly Knox Ostertag, wrote “Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can’t wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She’s desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends...who don’t understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan’s biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl.” 

Will Taylor, author of The Language of Seabirds said, “I am gay, biromantic, gray ace, and enby, or, as a teacher friend once dubbed me, multidisciplinary queer.” He’s currently putting together a “super gay murder-mystery-musical-romcom.” In The Language of Seabirds he writes, “... he had recently realized about himself: that when it came to love and romance, his feelings were aimed at other guys.” 

Jason June, the author of Scholastic’s Mermicorn Island series, has a bio that states, “Jason June is a writer who has always dreamed of being a mermaid. He regularly swims in the lake that he lives on and tells stories to the turtles on the beach. If he could have any kind of Sparkle, it would be Shape Shifting Sparkle. When he finally gets that mermaid tail, he hopes it’s covered in pink scales.” June has also written Jay’s Gay Agenda, and a book for ages 4-8, Porcupine Cupid, which has a LGTBQ message that is purposely deceitful for parents. 

Alex Gino is the author of Melissa, originally published as George. Gino uses the pronouns “they and Mx (pronounced mix). He has written three pro-LGBTQ+ books that are sexually explicit but are recommended for grades 3-7. For example, Gino writes in Melissa:

  • “George had been reading websites about transitioning since Scott had taught her how to clear the web browser history on Mom’s computer.”
  • “This was called transitioning. You could even start before you were eighteen with pills called androgen blockers that stopped the boy hormones.” 

Gino said he wanted to call the book “Girl George” in reference to Boy George, a bisexual androgynous singer-songwriter. But Scholastic took “girl” off the title because, “we can sell more copies, we can get it in more hands … there are people who won’t read it with the word girl on it.” 

Alice Oseman is the author and illustrator of the Heartstopper Series. The tagline for this series is, “Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.”  

In Scholastic’s “The Power of Story Initiative,” the tagline is “Building equitable bookshelves” and includes books in categories such as immigration, neurodiversity and neurodivergence, mental health, race and ethnicity, and religious and religious identity, as well as LGBTQIA+. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Scholastic is now complicit in creating the classroom as a factory for the LGBTQ agenda. Innocent children should not be subject to this radical propaganda. Parents and school officials should take a stand and pull these books out of the schools.” 

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