No. Books are being made available to students more in accordance to their age and maturity level, with decisions on the more adult themed literature being left to parents and guardians. Much like children are not allowed to access movies with sexual themes, books are also now required to be offered at an age appropriate level within the walls of a public school.
The short answer is they aren't. Or at least they shouldn't be. What we are witnessing is 'malicious compliance'. Defined as: "People conforming to the letter, but not the spirit, of a request. The end goal being an unintended or negative result"
The law advocates for age appropriate books free of sex acts, as defined in Iowa Code 702.17 Ask yourself, "Why remove the above mentioned books if following the guidance of 'restrict access to sexualized adult themes within a child's library'?" Those removing all the books from shelves are making a statement in protest. It has nothing to do with the law, as written, resulting in bare bookshelves. It is a lie.
Check our link to ENTER above. A book list is provided with links to Book Looks, an organization with a stated mission of: "Write and collect detailed and easy to understand book content reviews centered around objectionable content, including profanity, nudity, and sexual content. Our goal is to make these reviews available to all parents so they can make informed decisions."
Once there a list of books found in Iowa schools, with examples of content and total accounts of profanity or adult themes, are readily available.
No. The law does not allow sexual themes of orientation or acts of any kind, gay or straight, to be discussed in classroom instruction in grades K-6. Books such as And Tango Makes Three, an often referenced target about a pair of male penguins and their offspring, would not be mandated for removal under the law. This accusation is just an extension of intentional misinformation by those perpetuating the "book banner" lie.