As a bookseller my heart sank into my boots every time a customer asked for the ‘boys’ or the ‘girls’ books. I used to do my best to convince people that there’s no such thing; that stories are for everyone but I wasn’t always successful.
Here’s a recent post (re-blogged from the young bookbug in our household) about the campaign to change hearts and minds….
I have three year old twins, a boy and a girl, and it is so noticeable how, at every turn, society makes you choose and distinguish. When it comes to books, I will not read them different books. My little girl enjoys reading the tractor books as much as my boy likes fairy tales.
I’ve passed your comment on to my daughter from whose blog I took the post. She was very pleased that your kids are such sensible readers – I’ve always read both ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ books to her when she was small.