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Conservative U.S. media watchers oppose Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s Skim

With the announcement of the American Library Association’s 2010 Youth Media Awards coming up on Jan. 18, conservative media website Newsbusters fears that the list will promote morally unsuitable books.

The website, which calls itself the leader in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias, insists the gay-positive books the ALA has recognized in the past are not appropriate for children and teens. From Newsbusters:

The ALA does not exist simply to provide good, wholesome literature to children. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. The ALA is a liberal organization that relentlessly pursues a homosexual agenda, and it relies heavily on authentic literature to drive that agenda.

One of the books Newsbusters condemns is Skim, a graphic novel written by Toronto author Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by her cousin, Jillian Tamaki. The book, which depicts the life of a depressed 16-year-old girl, is described by its author as a gothic Lolita lesbian story. The conservative website finds this unacceptable:

The ALA claims that authentic literature like Skim more accurately portrays the gritty, real American life, and therefore, has more literary merit. It’s a manipulative tactic that has effectively stocked library shelves across the nation with pro-homosexual books that inevitably fall into children’s hands.

It’s somewhat understandable that a book featuring a teacher/student relationship would make them squirm, but the website also objects to much tamer books promoting same-sex marriage. King & King, an untraditional children’s fairy tale about two princes falling in love, is one book Newsbusters fears could influence kids to pursue same-sex relationships.

At the same time, the site takes issue with certain school libraries that refused to stock anti-gay titles such as Marriage on Trial: the Case Against Same-sex Marriage and My Genes Made Me Do It! A Scientific Look at Sexual Orientation.