A big hooray for Katy Guest, literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, who has decreed that the British newspaper, website, books section, and children’s book blog will no longer be reviewing any book that is explicitly marketed to just girls or boys.
In Guest’s words, “What we are doing by pigeon-holing children is badly letting them down. And books, above all things, should be available to any child who is interested in them.”
Thank you, Ms. Guest, for taking a stand against telling children of either gender what is appropriate for them to read. A good read is a good read, in the hands of whatever child is interested in it.