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  4. fuzkiaha:

    Gertrude and Alice cafe bookstore, Sydney

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  5. teachingliteracy:

    Little red book with secrets (by trettondemars)

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  6. “I am divergent. And I can’t be controlled.”

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  8. shannonhale:

    When I do book signings, most of my line is made up of young girls with their mothers, teen girls alone, and mother friend groups. But there’s usually at least one boy with a stack of my books. This boy is anywhere from 8-19, he’s carrying a worn stack of the Books of Bayern, and he’s excited and unashamed to be a fan of those books. As I talk to him, 95% of the time I learn this fact: he is home schooled.

    There’s something that happens to our boys in school. Maybe it’s because they’re around so many other boys, and the pressure to be a boy is high. They’re looking around at each other, trying to figure out what it means to be a boy—and often their conclusion is to be “not a girl.” Whatever a girl is, they must be the opposite. So a book written by a girl? With a girl on the cover? Not something a boy should be caught reading.

    But something else happens in school too. Without even meaning to perhaps, the adults in the boy’s life are nudging the boy away from “girl” books to “boy” books. When I go on tour and do school visits, sometimes the school will take the girls out of class for my assembly and not invite the boys. I talk about reading and how to fall in love with reading. I talk about storytelling and how to start your own story. I talk about things that aren’t gender-exclusive. But because I’m a girl and there are girls on my covers, often I’m deemed a girl-only author. I wonder, when a boy author goes to those schools with their books with boys on the covers, are the girls left behind? I want to question this practice. Even if no boy ever really would like one of my books, by not inviting them, we’re reinforcing the wrong and often-damaging notion that there’s girls-only stuff and you aren’t allowed to like it.

    I hear from teachers that when they read Princess Academy in class (by far the most girlie-sounding of all my books) that the boys initially protest but in the end like it as much as the girls, or as one teacher told me recently, “the boys were even bigger fans than the girls.”

    Another staple in my signing line is the family. The mom and daughters get their books signed, and the mom confides in me, “My son reads your books on the sly” or “My son loves your books too but he’s embarrassed to admit it.” Why are they embarrassed? Because we’ve made them that way. We’ve told them in subtle ways that, in order to be a real boy, to be manly, they can’t like anything girls like.

    Though sometimes those instructions aren’t subtle at all. Recently at a signing, a family had all my books. The mom had me sign one of them for each of her children. A 10-year-old boy lurked in the back. I’d signed some for all the daughters and there were more books, so I asked the boy, “Would you like me to sign one to you?” The mom said, “Yeah, Isaac, do you want her to put your name in a girl book?” and the sisters all giggled.

    As you can imagine, Isaac said no.

    I overheard a conversation in a bookstore a couple of months ago someone was trying to figure out what book to get for their some teenage boy relative they have and were asking a sales associate what kind of books he might be interested in. The sales lady mentioned the Darren Shan books and some other series that I can’t really remember. She was telling the lady about how they are generally well liked by boys, which is true and I enjoyed them but they’re short and if you aren’t able to get your hands on the next in the series quickly enough you kind of lose interest. So then there’s me over in the next aisle mentally pulling books off the shelves for this lady that I’ve read and one of my guy friends has read and loved and that I know have awesome plots that are universal gender wise but aren’t marketed just about exclusively towards the male population but are awesome anyway, but I’m shy and shoving books into the arms of people you don’t know is generally disapproved of. I’m not sure how much sense you can make of this rant but the post made me want to share. *smiles nervously*

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  10. "Libraries are a force for good. They wear capes. They fight evil. They don’t get upset when you don’t send them a card on their birthdays. (Though they will charge you if you’re late returning a book.) They serve communities. The town without a library is a town without a soul. The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance. Libraries are the torch of the world, illuminating the path when it feels too dark to see. We mustn’t allow that torch to be extinguished."
    — Libba Bray (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

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  11. "This is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words and metaphors for what we already know."
    — Alberto Manguel, A Reader on Reading (via bookoasis)

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  13. mylunchoptions:

    Saturday on Flickr.

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