The other day I came across this post in YALSA's The Hub on an article that I think a lot of us can agree on. Sarah Carnahan, a middle school and upper school librarian, wants to get the right books into the right hands, but she wants to do it without reducing it all down to gender. Carnahan gives some really easy advice on how to get at the crux of what a youth wants from a book, without reducing it to being a "girl book" or a "boy book." Her list of questions include:
What books were your favorites?
- What did you like about a book – dialog, action, character? By asking open ended questions, the teens choose their descriptors and will mention character traits and “he” or “she” and you can see if there is a preference of the gender of the characters.
- What type of book? Focus on genre and time period and less on character labels.
And finally, on this same note, I was beyond thrilled when I came across the #StoriesForAll initiative the other day.