Why children’s literature should deal with ‘gritty’ content

What are ‘appropriate’ topics for children to read about? As cultural gatekeepers, do publishers have a moral obligation to inform and educate children about ‘gritty’ topics via published children’s literature, or a moral obligation to protect their innocence? While notions of what are and what aren’t appropriate topics for children have varied throughout history, in

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Why the publishing industry should move away from gender-based marketing

In the UK, there is a national campaign called Let Books Be Books (part of the Let Toys Be Toys campaign) that seeks to end the marketing of books based on socio-cultural assumptions and stereotypes of gender. Examples of gender-based marketing include books about pirates, trains and adventure being marketed to boys, with ‘pink culture’,

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