Once upon a time, there was a book publisher called Triangle Square that featured an imprint of kids’ books about diversity and other ‘works of radical imagination’ by such authors as Octavia Butler, Ralph Nader, and Howard Zinn. Then one day, a troll showed up and inspired her fellow trolls to say mean, nasty things about Triangle Square in the hopes that the mean things would hurt their feelings so much that Triangle Square and the authors they published would go away so the trolls could continue to avoid living in the land of Reality.
“What should we do about this?” asked the friendly people of Triangle Square. “We don’t want to stoop to their level and say mean things back.” So they thought about it for a while and decided that they would call all their friends and ask them to say nice things about Triangle Square. This worked so well that the trolls’ awful messages were soon covered up by messages of love and support from Triangle Square’s friends, both old and brand new.
I saw this article this morning and immediately went over to Triangle Square’s Facebook page and gave them a five-star rating, because anyone who promotes reading, books, and diversity is five-star worthy in my book. And then I told my friends– especially the school librarian– about Triangle Square and the books they promote. I don’t have any kids of my own, but there are kids in my life. And they love to read. Come Christmastime, I plan to track down some of these titles for those book-devouring nieces and nephews of mine.