The Thursday Book Beat: Scholastic Answers Call to Be Gender Neutral

NY libraries launch campaign to fix branches
With more budget cuts due to hit libraries across New York, several city library systems have initiated an awareness campaign called Invest in Libraries. The campaign invites NY residents to write to their mayor and speaker to express their support for libraries and all they do for the community.

8-year-old girl challenges Scholastic to be gender neutral—and succeeds
Bookworms across North America share a love for the Scholastic Book Fair, but for one child, that love is matched by her desire for gender equality. Els, a student from North London, started a petition to remove the “For Boys” and “For Girls” labels from the catalogue.

“Girls may not like things that are labelled ‘for girls’, they might want a monster book labelled ‘for boys’. Books should be for everyone and we all like different things. If you tell a girl she could not have one of the books she likes, when she grows up she might feel lonely because she thinks that all the other girls like pretty, pink princesses and she doesn’t.”

Scholastic has not only agreed to Els’ terms, but also promised they would no longer publish books focused solely on one gender. As a 20-something who grew up seeing these subtle divisions at the Scholastic Book Fair, I’m particularly pleased and inspired by Els.

Charles Schulz tribute anthology coming in October
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz will be published by KaBoom, an all-ages imprint of Boom Studios. It will include new content, including short stories and comic strips created and inspired by Snoopy and friends.

Reese Witherspoon set to narrate new Harper Lee novel
While Go Set a Watchman has had its share of controversy since its announcement in February 2015, the publication process has gone on. On April 23, HarperCollins revealed that actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook. The novel will be in stores on July 14, 2015.

2015 Triangle Awards honour LGBTQ stories

International trailer launched for adaptation of “The Little Prince”

Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel builds a home online

New Line Cinema prepares YA novel 13 Little Blue Envelopes for the screen


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