This article came out just a day after I overheard a mom telling our circ staff that her son doesn’t read girl books. It’s hard to find books that don’t include girl characters, hopefully because kids should be exposed to all characters. They then went on to discuss series’ that have boy / girl teams like Magic Treehouse, etc.
This particular article talks about school assemblies that were segregated for only girls to listen to an author talk who writes predominantly with female characters (i.e. princesses). The author is Shannon Hale and she’s known for her princess series books. Hale was a bit struck by how this played out and sent a tweet afterwards saying, “I’ve done perhaps 200 assemblies. The boys ALWAYS listen to me. It’s the administration beforehand that assumes that they won’t.”
Also, author Kate Messner said “…segregating boys from so-called girl books does more than just keep them from titles they may enjoy. It teaches boys that women speakers and female characters have nothing to offer them.”
What do you think?