Boys shun ‘girl books’

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BOYS don’t like read­ing books if the main char­ac­ter is a girl, mak­ing it harder for girls to be equal, ac­cord­ing to the new Chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate.

Best-sell­ing au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Lau­ren Child, who was ap­pointed to the role this week, writes the Ruby Red­fort books and the Char­lie And Lola se­ries, which has been adapted into a hit tele­vi­sion show.

But the 51-year-old said she was con­cerned that boys were quick to shun what they think of as girls’ books.

“I don’t know if it’s just in our cul­ture, or whether it’s a boy thing, that they find it very hard to pick up a book or go to a film if the girl is the cen­tral char­ac­ter,” she told the BBC. “I don’t know where that comes from but it wor­ries me be­cause it makes it harder for girls to be equal.”

She said she was con­cerned par­ents think her Ruby Red­fort books, about a 13-year-old se­cret agent, are not for boys. In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, she said; “I felt it was re­ally im­por­tant to write the Ruby Red­fort se­ries about a strong girl be­cause girls are not rep­re­sented enough in that sort of lead role.” – Daily Mail

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