And Tango Makes Three

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Illustrated by Henry Cole / Read by Neil Patrick Harris
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About The Book

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

About The Authors

Justin Richardson, MD, is the coauthor, with Peter Parnell, of the award-winning picture book And Tango Makes Three. Dr. Richardson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell and the coauthor of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask). Dr. Richardson and his advice have been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, on the Today show and NPR’s Morning Edition, and in numerous magazines. Dr. Richardson lectures to parents and teachers on parenting and the sexual development of children.

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Peter Parnell is the coauthor, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three. He is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for television as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak’s series Little Bear. He lives in New York City.

About The Illustrator

Photograph © Henry Cole

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Big BugAnd Tango Makes ThreeOink?, and Little Bo in France. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 2015)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481460958
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD520L

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Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee
  • ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award Winner
  • S.E.A. Write Award Finalist

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