Popular digital media company BuzzFeed is known for pushing a left-wing agenda, and it exemplified such a reputation once again over the weekend by publishing a listicle with the social media headline "17 LGBTQ Children's Books That Every Kid Deserves In Their Life."
"It's never too early to teach kids that being queer is totally normal," the subhead for the article states.
And in case the article's intentions were not obvious already, an alternate headline for the listicle posted on Facebook made it clear that "every kid" should read the books.
Among the titles, which were submitted by members of the BuzzFeed Community as well as by the article's author, are "Julián is a Mermaid," "Prince & Knight, "Santa's Husband," and "It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity."
According to Google Books, "Julián is a Mermaid" tells the story of a young boy who is captivated after spotting three magical women dressed up as mermaids on his way home one day. When he gets home, all he can think about is dressing up just like the women in his own mermaid costume, but he worries about what his grandma will think. In the end, he finds that he "is ultimately supported in being his true mermaid self," BuzzFeed said.
In "Prince & Knight," a prince in line to take the throne travels the world to find a princess to be his bride, but he never quite finds what he is looking for. Then, a dragon attacks the kingdom and the prince rushes back fight the beast. There he meets "a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor ... together they fight the dragon and discover that special something the prince was looking for all along."
Many commenters on BuzzFeed's Facebook post applauded the list, with some saying they planned to add the books to their local libraries or intended to pick up the books for their kids to read.
One commenter, who apparently works at an elementary school, noted that they read one of the books in class.
"I work at elementary school. We read Julian is a Mermaid to our 3rd graders, beautiful book," she said.