A book about a transgender boy has prompted a school district in Utah to suspend its book program after the story was read to third graders.
Publisher Reycraft Books describes the book as a "sweet and age-appropriate introduction to what it means to be transgender".
After some students went home and talked to their parents about the book and the class discussion, a few families called the district, angry that the book was shared without their permission, according to Murray School District officials.
The books on the program list—which do not include Call Me Max—will remain on the shelves even with the program temporarily suspended.
"It's upsetting to learn that the school district is using my work as an excuse to suspend the book program, since that list is made up of so many wonderful, important titles by friends and colleagues," Lukoff said.
Lukoff, who is himself a transgender writer, has written multiple books about transgender children, including When Aidan Became a Brother, about another transgender boy coming out and becoming a big brother.
Middle and high school English teachers in the Burbank Unified School District received the news during a virtual meeting on September 9. »