Let Books Be Books

Hear, hear! Let kids be kids! If boys want to be the prince in the tower, let them! If girls want to be knights in shining armour, let them!

Wakefield Libraries

Boys Girls

As the Carnegie Medal list is announced, author Anne Fine (shortlisted for her book Blood Family) has spoken out about gender marketing in books and the ”pinkification” of girls.

” Good books are not pink and blue; they’re just not.

“It’s not popular with parents or women. It’s a serious matter because it does narrow children’s sense of what they’re allowed to do or like in a horrible, horrible way.”

I do remember that in books I read as a child, female characters were often shown as the ones who helped Mum or looked after the food and there were books of adventure stories for boys but there wasn’t this mass of pink sparkly stuff aimed at girls and women which seems to have taken over in recent years. I have no problem with girls enjoying books about princesses but why can’t boys feel comfortable borrowing them too? Girls enjoy…

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