Pizza Hut’s book club for young students promotes books to pre-kindergarten children about little kids dressing up as drag queens.
The Pizza Hut Book It program started in 1984. The Camp Book It program provides children with a free pizza if they complete a monthly reading goal.
The Libs of TikTok Twitter account revealed that the Pizza Hut book club recommends that young children read books about drag queens.
\u201c.@pizzahut sponsors a program which incentivizes kids in PreK-6th grade to read books. This week, one of their suggested books is \u201cBig Wig.\u201d A book about a child who becomes a drag performer.\u201d
— Libs of TikTok (@Libs of TikTok)
The Book It website states, “This June we are celebrating Pride Month and the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. These three books explore the uniqueness of every person, celebrate our individuality and encourage kids to see that what makes us different, makes us special.”
The Pizza Hut book club proposes that pre-K through third grade children read the “Big Wig” book.
Publisher Simon & Schuster describes “Big Wig” as an “irrepressible” picture book that “celebrates drag kids, individuality, and self-confidence from the perspective of a fabulous wig!”
“When a child dresses in drag to compete in a neighborhood costume competition, he becomes B. B. Bedazzle! A key part of B.B. Bedazzle’s ensemble is a wig called Wig,” the description reads. “Together they are an unstoppable drag queen team! But Wig feels inadequate compared to the other, bigger wigs. When Wig flies off B. B.’s head, she goes from kid to kid instilling confidence and inspiring dreams in those who wear her.”
For children pre-K through first grade, the Book It program advocates the “Be Amazing: A History of Pride” book. The book is written by Desmond Is Amazing – a boy who started attending drag shows at 5 years old and performed a drag show in front of adults at a gay bar at age 11.
The book description reads, “In ‘Be Amazing,’ drag kid Desmond is Amazing walks you through the history of the LGBTQ community, all while encouraging you to embrace your own uniqueness and ignore the haters.”
The book club suggests children in kindergarten through third grade read “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.” The description says the book “will help young readers understand pride and diversity as they learn about Harvey Milk and his fight for equality.”
For the same age bracket of children, Book It recommends “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.”
“This is a picture book about the Stonewall uprising and the beginnings of the battle for LGBTQ+ rights,” the description reads. “Told from the point of view of the Stonewall Inn, a place where ‘being different was accepted.’ This book provides an important example of standing up for all people and their rights.”
Last year for Pride month, the Book It program promoted LGBTQ-themed books such as “My Princess Boy,” about a young boy who wears dresses and tiaras.
Pizza Hut’s book club also advocates for young children to read “Old Enough to Save the Planet,” to “inspire students to look at their own communities and make a difference. Learn about 12 student activists who are working on climate change in their communities.”
Another climate change activism book is “Kids Who Are Changing the World,” a book that highlights “stories of individuals who have fought climate change and pollution.”
For pre-K through third grade children, Pizza Hut’s book club recommends a that offers kids “more than 40 different activities that are all about activism, politics and the governmental process.”
The children’s book club endorses “She Persisted,” which was “inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller ‘She Persisted’ by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds.”
Pizza Hut’s book club plugged “Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice.”
Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands – a Louisville-based restaurant conglomerate that operates more than 54,000 restaurants in over 155 countries and territories. Yum! Brands also owns KFC and Taco Bell.
Taco Bell is hosting multiple “Drag Brunch” events at restaurants around the U.S. this summer.
In 2021, Yum! Brands CEO David Gibbs told the Wall Street Journal, “We’re excited about working with the Biden administration and share their goal to build back better particularly as it comes to the economy and fighting inequality.”
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