Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ideological battleground - Sweden Children's book publishers

I found this article pretty interesting about 2 publishing houses in Sweden that publish children's books that provide different view points on gender roles and other more progressive thought.
I do think it is important to offer reading for children that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional children's lit. The world is changing, children come from such different backgrounds and it should be reflected in the literature that is geared for them.
Plus, it's only 2 out of how many other publishers that are not making it a priority to produce these books.
clipped from news.yahoo.com



AFP

Children's books become ideological battleground in Sweden

A two year old child looks through a gender-neutral children's book on July 29. Two new publishing houses for children's books have sparked debate in gender-equal Sweden over their professed aim of instilling the country's open-minded social values in the next generation.(AFP)


STOCKHOLM (AFP) -
Two new publishing houses for children's books have sparked debate in gender-equal Sweden over their professed aim of instilling the country's open-minded social values in the next generation.


"Our goal is for all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or other such things, to have the freedom to create their own identity and be respected for their personal qualities," said Karin Salmson, the co-founder of the new Vilda publishing house.


But several critics are outraged, saying they are simply pushing propaganda disguised as literature.

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1 comment:

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