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This is his s The House That Went to Sea Melinda Szymanik Michael has to stay with his Granny by the sea while his parents are away on an adventure but when the house floats away the real adventures begin. Taken from their home, forced to leave their country, put to work in labour camps, frozen and starved, Adam and his family doubt that they will eve Jack the Viking Melinda Szymanik As if bombing out at the interschool swimming champs wasn't bad enough, now Jack's become the target of the school bully.
Fair enough. And his stats make for very interesting reading and raise a whole bunch of other questions about gender in writing, reviewing and publishing, that should be widely debated. I'm not totally convinced, at the latter end of the article, about how influential the boy-centricity of picture books or the lack thereof is on literacy levels. I wonder what contribution other factors like electronic gaming, online activities and television make to boys abandoning books?
Do these things appeal more to boys? Here in New Zealand I sometimes even wonder how much the thought of the money to be made in sports predominantly by men if we are considering gender imbalances attracts boys away from reading? Plenty of boys I know certainly apply themselves more diligently to sporting activities than they do to academic ones.
We are thought of as a sporting nation. Sports gets a lot of press especially those sports played by men compared with arts and culture. Sports are cool.
Culture, hmm, maybe not so much. Children's book reviews in general are thin enough on the ground here in mainstream media, without considering the gender of the reviewers. This is the environment we are raising our boys in. These are complex issues. If you are at all familiar with playground chants and rhymes you know how bloodthirsty and combative little children can be.
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I agree with Emmett that content should not be excessively sanitised. I think it's not necessarily always the publishers or the reviewers or librarians applying constraints or gender-centric biases to the content of children's books, but the adult consumers.
In the end publishers have to publish what they believe they can sell. And they have to manage the risks of their choices. And how far would we push the content to attract the reluctant boy reader? Is that okay? What should our limits be? I also agree with Mr Emmett's lament about the sorry decline of children's non-fiction.
For me this seems a more serious issue. If boys prefer reading non-fiction then this must also make a contribution to literacy levels. I still wonder how much our own subtle messages influence what boys think is cool to read.
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I wish I knew. I think too, some boys are even resistant to boy-preferred content, although this doesn't mean we shouldn't try to change their minds about books. On the flip side should we look at why many girl readers read more widely across a range of content. Is that driven by nature or nurture?
Should we be producing more 'boy-centric' picture books or be applying different psychologically to the way we encourage boys to read? Either way we can do better. Mr Emmett, I am sorry I got so reductive. I really should know by now that sometimes the media like a spot of controversy and that some information might have dropped off along the way.
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