In a thread posted to X on Tuesday, author and actor Kirk Cameron outlined how Scholastic, the children’s book publishing company known for its book fairs in schools, pushed "sexually explicit, morally disgusting, and dangerous books" into schools across the nation.
One book, titled Welcome to St. Hell, is a 2022 Scholastic graphic novel created by transgender author and illustrator Lewis Hancox marketed for middle school students.
It includes depictions of ingesting cross-sex hormones, their effects on the female body, chest binders, and graphic sexual activities.
Another book highlighted by Cameron is Melissa, written by Alex Gino. One quote from the book states, "she immersed her body in the warm water and tried not to think about what was between her legs, but there it was [a penis], bobbing in front of her."
On Amazon, the book is noted as being appropriate for grades three through seven. "When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl," Amazon states.
Another book from Gino published by Scholastic is Rick, marketed for ages eight through 12, which "tells the story of a grandfather and grandchild coming out as trans to one another," Cameron wrote.
Gino is a biological male "queer person" who is self-described as a "fat femme" and has called for defunding the police, and for parents not to have a say in what their children read, saying that these were "queerphobic homes."
The pages of some of these books have been noted as obscene by Facebook, with one ad from Brave Books noting sexual scenes in children’s novels being rejected for depicting "people in explicit or suggestive positions or images that show nudity or cleavage."
Former Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson has stated that Scholastic has aimed to promote such LGBTQ+ novels, saying, "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."
Robinson boasted that among the eight most challenged books in America "because of LGBTQIA+ content," Scholastic published two of them.
One list published by Scholastic in 2023 urges librarians and teachers to use the resource to "ensure your bookshelves include diverse LGBTQIA+ representation."
The grid includes picture books for infants through eight years of age, books for ages eight through 12, and young adult books for those ages 12 and up.
Books are categorized into fitting themes of "LGBTQIA+ Family Member," Lesbian/Sapphic, Gay, Bi/Pan, Transgender, Nonbinary/Genderfluid, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Aro/Ace/Demi.
Another book titled 'Julian Is a Mermaid', Cameron noted, "appears to be grooming a little boy into dressing in drag."
To combat the books being pushed by Scholastic, Cameron, who has published a number of books centering on traditional values, has launched the creation of SkyTree Book Fairs.
Speaking with Fox News, Cameron said, "It’s obvious that Scholastic is committed to indoctrinating our youth with harmful messages."
"They are not just the 1,000-pound gorilla in this space. They are the space," Cameron said. "They are the ones publishing this material. We want to knock them out of the race."
Cameron is a member of the non-profit’s advisory board, while Riley Lee, a mother and former middle school teacher from Texas, is SkyTree’s president.
Cameron said the book fairs plan to roll out in more than 600 public and private schools that have expressed interest in options other than the sexualized content pushed by Scholastic.
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