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Books on Film: Morris Micklewhite’s Controversy

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is about a boy who likes to wear a dress, and how he handles the bullying he experiences because of this choice. If you haven’t read it, you should – it’s a beautiful, well-crafted book on a subject that can be tricky to tackle.

Now, unfortunately, the book is the subject of some controversy here in Michigan:

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(Thanks to Sheila Barry for the link)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. This is so unfortunate.

  2. “Who’s going to correct all the damage that was done?”

    WHAT damage?

    I’m glad the Superintendent is supporting it.

  3. I have to say that the school superintendent really shines in this discussion!