Monday, August 11, 2014

Crankleberry Johnson Checks In

I will confess that it is unseasonably hot here; that makes for one cranky Kirby. But I was made aware of something that makes me even crankier than our hot house with no AC.

Keep in mind that the majority of book creators for middle grade readers are female. So how does one explain this page in the ALA catalog, where the only female featured is Taylor Swift? I will grant you that she does write songs.

But every other illustrator and/or author on the page is male.

That does not compute.

Maybe if enough of us questioned ALA and the publishers on this choice -- and the hundreds of other choices made that favor male book creators -- the playing field might get evened out.

One can only hope.

Honk if you love gender equity.