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While many organizations and news outlets were shocked over a reporter saying “someone needs to create porn for children,” the reality is that pornographic/erotic materials are disturbingly already in PK-12 classrooms across the country. First Book is providing CRT/”social justice” books along with books vividly detailing oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, watching/searching for pornography, and more. With a network of over 500,000 teachers, and having a presence in schools in every state across America, First Book is an organization you should know and monitor. Through their partnerships with various organizations, they are able to provide books at extremely reduced prices, and in some cases for free, by having corporate donors, unions, or other organizations provide First Book gift cards to educators.
Some examples of these disturbing books that First Book is possibly sending to your child’s classroom or school library include the following:
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto (ages 13+)
This biographical book is a group of essays by journalist and activist George M. Johnson. In this book, he vividly recounts his first sexual encounter in which he describes another man performing oral sex on him, leading into anal sex and how he knew what to do by emulating his favorite pornographic actor. When you think that this scene is finally over, he describes his partner masturbating to him. Actress Gabrielle Union has bought the rights to adapt this to a TV series. So, not only is this book possibly in your child’s classroom or library, but it is also likely coming to a television network or streaming service to be viewed by children as well. The suggested reading age of this book starts at 13. If it is adapted to television it should be rated XXX.
Anger Is a Gift (ages 13+)
In Anger Is a Gift, the main character not only has his mother’s support to have gay sex at the age of 16, but is even encouraged to as she admits to her son that she lost her virginity at age 17. Before you fret, know that she did give the advice to use a condom. This book is also suggested for children as young as 13.
The Tea Dragon Society (ages 7+)
What may appear like an innocent fantasy book for young readers actually is a story that has obvious sexual references. While a child may not realize what exactly is being inferred, adults will realize there is a sexual message in this book. The main characters are LGBTQ, and an implied sexual relationship ensues with a queer person and an “anthropomorphic character” (having human characteristics but are nonhuman entities). At the time of the publishing of this article, First Book was out of stock of The Tea Dragon Society. This means that the hundreds of copies that they had are now in the hands of children across the United States.
First Book’s enthusiasm to bring sex and pornography to the minds of children is troubling enough, but their seriously disturbed staff does not stop there; rather, they encourage and normalize sex changes for transgendered children and adults as well, leaving very little to the imagination with vivid imagery and easy to interpret symbolism.
Julián is a Mermaid (ages 4+)
In Julián is a Mermaid, children as young as four years old will witness a boy undressing with his private parts eventually covered by flowers. They will also follow Julián through what appears to be the projects and to the mermaid parade where he can be around transgendered people who are just like him.
Julián at the Wedding (ages 4+)
In Julián at the Wedding, his sexuality continues to be the central topic as he leads a little girl under a shaded tree at a gay wedding where they both undress. There is no context appropriate for suggesting to children that they should strip down naked in a secluded area. There seems to be a lot to figure out in this one in terms of what the relationship is between the little kids and their sexual identity.
Jack (Not Jackie) (ages 4+)
This picture book aimed at children 4 and up tells the story of an older sister whose younger sister transitions from being a girl named Jackie, to a boy named Jack. In the beginning of the story, Susan, the older sister, is frustrated that her younger sister is what most would call a tomboy. By the end of the book, after the younger sister gets a haircut, she no longer identifies as Jackie, but is now Jack.
What is most disturbing about this book is that large school districts have created their own lessons around it. Pittsburgh Public Schools’ lesson plan for this book has children draw or act out alternative versions of themselves in ways that do not align with the views of their parents or families. This undoubtedly will have these children with young and impressionable minds questioning their sexual identity, and possibly the morals that their parents have taught them.
Being You: A First Conversation About Gender (*Not directly available on the First Book Marketplace…yet. Penguin Random House recommends this book for children ages 2-5.)
While this book is not currently available to purchase in the First Book marketplace, it is likely to be there soon. First Book recently sold-out of the book Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race, which was written by the same authors as Being You: A First Conversation About Gender. Released in mid-August of 2021, this book has gained favorable attention from educational organizations and teachers.
In this book, children are encouraged to question their parents for designating their gender at birth. Part of the text reads, “When a baby is born, grown-ups might say ‘it’s a girl’ if their body has a vagina, or ‘it’s a boy’ if their body has a penis. Sometimes grown-ups aren’t sure, but they chose the words ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ anyway.” The book continues, “Some babies grow into a different gender than the one that grown-ups call them. There are lots of different genders that people grow into.”
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The book suggests inappropriate visualization and curiosity of different genitalia. Without designating the body parts to boys or girls, they find it acceptable for children as young as two years old to talk about their vagina or penis with each other. The text reads, “Some bodies have a vagina. Some bodies have a penis. And every person’s body part looks different.”
Neither (ages 4+)
In Neither, kids are once again encouraged to escape their home where they feel like they don’t belong and go to The Land of All where they could fit in. What makes them different is the idea that they are both genders, not one or the other. In The Land of All, children can identify as whatever they want to and be surrounded by people who are just as confused as them.
Peanut Goes for the Gold (ages 4+)
In Peanut Goes for the a Gold, a gender nonbinary guinea pig teaches children how to use the pronoun “their” when referring to someone who does not identify as a he or a she.
Children who are straight are not exempt from exploring their sexual orientation and putting it to the test. Just to make sure they are certain of their heterosexuality and gender identity, First Book offers literature with characters who question these factors.
Ship It (ages 16+)
In Ship It, Claire, a fan of a television series meets a favorite actor at a Comic-Con panel, but is “devastated” when she learns that the character isn’t gay like she thought. The actor is puzzled that anyone would think his character is gay. “Because he’s not. Definitely not.” When Claire is invited to join the show on the rest of their tour, she leads the character to “question his assumptions about sexuality.”
Right away, the book recommends pornography when Claire is trying to write a gay sex scene in her fanfiction book. She wants to portray a handjob but isn’t sure how. Knowing “from experience that the school’s internet filters won’t let [her] access sexually explicit material,” she connects to a different wifi. While in the school library, she searches “gay porn reacharound” and clicks on a video which is “mesmerizing”. The book continues, “The sex – the thrusting, the low moans, the rain pelting down on their naked, strong bodies, washing away their pain until finally, the release…”
Other books include, Who Is RuPaul? (ages 7-12), Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag (ages 4-9), and Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution (ages 4-9 ).
First Book’s corruption of childhood innocence makes their staff, and the authors they promote, candidates for serious investigation. Any teacher who not only is willing to discuss such sexually explicit topics with children, but is eager to do so, should not be allowed within 5 miles of a school, and should seek therapy for pedophilia. Yet here they are, right in the classroom, face-to-face with our children, teaching them about pornography and sex changes. To have such vested interest in the genitals and sexuality of children makes First Book one of the most sickening educational organizations to exist, and the creepy teachers who bring these vulgar books into the classroom should concern every American. There is absolutely no reason why any student of any age should be subjected to this harassment, and any teacher with an excuse for doing so is merely placing blame on others for their sick and twisted minds. Teachers cannot blame administrators, the union, the Board of Education, or any other entity if they are guilty of distributing these books to their own students in their own classroom. This is where your creativity and problem solving must be its strongest, and there is no excuse for you being the one responsible for putting these books into the hands of children. You may not be able to control what other teachers do, but you can control the safety and well-being of your children in your own classroom.