Controversy in Kid Lit

Children's picture books may seem like a safe genre. But if you assumed it's all funny pigeons and sleepy bunnies, you'd be mistaken. Here are two books that sparked controversy in the world of children's literature. 

A Birthday Cake for George Washington

Scholastic initially stood by this book, which depicts the United States' first "celebrity chef" who also happened to be enslaved by our first president. But after many complaints, they decided to stop publication and offer refunds. You can see their full statement here.

A Fine Dessert

Initially lauded as one of the best books of the year, this came under fire for the same reason as A Birthday Cake for George Washington: depicting slavery without enough context. The author issued an apology and declared she was donating her earnings to the We Need Diverse Books campaign.

Slavery is difficult to address in a book for young children. Are there children's books that succeed in taking on this topic? You can be the judge by checking some out