Monthly Archives: March 2014
Join us for a fabulous evening on World Book Night when the History Wardrobe will be presenting ‘Agatha Christie and Art Deco’ and bringing the Agatha Christie era to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions. If you love Downton and Poirot for the frocks as well as the stories, come and join us on Wednesday 23rd April, 8 – 9.15pm at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street WF1 1DD. The evening is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact Wakefield Library on 01924 305376 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
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 books about space and football as well as cupcakes and kittens. If there are such things as men’s books and women’s books is a frequent book group discussion but if books are labelled FOR BOYS or FOR GIRLS they take away choice and push their readers into someone else’s choice of what is suitable for them to enjoy. As you can see from the counting books above, boys will count cowboys and dragons and girls will count mermaids and puppies. We don’t have these books in our library stock and library reading promotions and campaigns do try to avoid the concept of books for boys/girls.
A campaign, Time to Let Books Be Books, has been launched to persuade publishers and shops and book buyers to take action.
What do you think? I’m with Anne Fine on this one. Bring on the dragons!