Christian children’s book denied at over 50 libraries that identify as inclusive

by mcardinal

Megan Udinski, FISM News


Kirk Cameron’s newest children’s book has been canceled by over 50 publicly funded community libraries. 

Cameron is most widely known for his role as Mike Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains. Since then he has become a high-profile Christian producer and actor, as well as an author. He recently collaborated with BRAVE books to create a children’s story based on “growth and the Fruit of the Spirit” called As You Grow

According to Cameron in a Fox News interview, one of the libraries that denied his request for a book reading claimed they are a “queer-friendly library” and the message of the story would not align. Another library refused the reading but holds programs such as gender name-change clinics. 

In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Kirk Cameron challenged parents to take their favorite faith-based storybook or book of the Bible and request a storybook reading hour, in particular if those libraries have held drag queen story hours in the past. If the library says no, the individual making the request can reach out to BRAVE books and will receive materials, including free books to turn the “denial into a revival.”

Hundreds have stepped up offering Cameron encouragement, and some librarians have even offered to host a read-aloud hour of his new book. 

A librarian from “a small rural library in northeast Pennsylvania” wrote, “Although we are small, you are welcome to present your book at a story hour with us. I realize we are definitely not the market you are looking at, but never underestimate what smaller areas can offer and the willingness of small communities to hear and even support your message. I am willing to share our library with you and am sure many other smaller libraries would as well.”

Conservative Christian podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted her sarcastic response to the situation.

In an interview on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins,” Cameron shared that he specifically has a heart for reading his storybook at libraries that are intent on the idea that they are inclusive and diverse by hosting a drag queen story hour. 

Many on the left are comparing this situation to conservatives in Hollywood who refuse to make movies with LGBTQ relationships, calling Kirk Cameron “bigoted.” 

Kirk Cameron called out the hypocrisy in the woke worldview, asking, “If we’re so committed to diversity [in America], why am I being excluded? Why can’t I use your facility to read my book? You’re a library.”