I’m a bit late again this week, so apologies. I’ve had a super-busy couple of weeks at work, as we had a major software release last week, and my sister’s visiting from Canada, so I’m writing this while she sleeps off her jetlag 😉 As a result, I’ve read fewer bookish articles than usual this week, but there’s still several good ones I want to share.
To start things off, Allison from Coven Book Club wrote a wonderful post for Courtney Summers’ #ToTheGirls campaign on Tuesday.
Don’t believe what they say, you are powerful. The world is so terrified of you that they belittle you constantly. They try to sell self-hatred to you in every way possible
Go and read it, and try to recognise all the ways you’ve bought into the self-hatred Allison talks about, or unconsciously encouraged it in others.
More feminism from Danika Ellis writing at Book Riot, on Being a Feminist in the Kids’ Section.
Hearing questions like this every day for years is so disheartening. It’s this casual sexism and cissexism that is being reinforced on children, even before they can speak.
I found it quite illuminating to read about how the author finds it difficult to hear questions like “I’m looking for a book for an eight-year-old boy” as though that should tell you the child’s interests, and yet struggles to respond in a feminist manner because if she recommends a book with, for instance, a female protagonist to a customer wanting a book for a boy, they’ll respond that he won’t be interested.
Also from Book Riot is this interesting post arguing that books are perfect for the super-busy, internet-connected, no-time-for-movies consumers of today, because they’re broken into small chapters.
And finally, Candy Gourlay writes in The Guardian on the overwhelming influence of British and American authors on children’s literature.
Everyone seemed to forget that the poll was held to mark INTERNATIONAL Children’s Book Day.
Where was the international in a list of books that were equal parts American and British?