I’ve set up this blog because I want to start a debate about gender bias in picture books.
I believe that the scarcity of male gatekeepers in the picture book industry means that its output reflects boys’ tastes less than girls’ and that this lack of gender-balance is exacerbating the gender gap in children's reading abilities.
My argument, based on my experience as both an author and a parent, is set out in the three essays below.
This essay looks at some of the scientific evidence that suggests that BOTH nature and nurture are responsible for sex differences in children's preferences.
This essay addresses concerns about gender stereotyping which may arise from the assertion that some preferences are boy or girl-typical.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Gender-balanced Greenaway and Carnegie Update 2
To set the record straight, I’m told that the organisers drafted a response to the original email I sent them in March but, due to an oversight, it was never sent to me.
Over the summer I got in touch with Joy Court, the new chair of the Carnegie Greenaway working party, who explained to me that the working party have no influence over the selection of individual judges, who are selected by the Youth Libraries Group members in the region each judge represents. However Joy arranged for me to put the case for a gender-balanced judging panel to YLG members through their October newsletter, which can be read here.
I’m very grateful to Joy and the newsletter's editor Helen Thompson for giving the proposal a fair hearing in this way.
Joy's response to the article will be published in the November issue of the newsletter, along with any responses from YLG members.