facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pullman blasts planned book ratings

June 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
LONDON, June 4 (UPI) -- Author Philip Pullman is protesting plans to place age-related ratings on children's books in England.

The Daily Telegraph said that, starting this fall, book covers will state whether they are intended for readers ages 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ or 13+/teen.

"I don't mind anybody having an opinion about my books," Pullman, the author of the "His Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy, told the newspaper. "I don't mind a bookseller deciding they are for this age group or that, or a teacher giving one of my books to a child because they think it is appropriate. But I don't want to see the book itself declaring officially, as if with my approval, that it is for readers of 11 and upwards or whatever. I write books for whoever is interested. When I write a book I don't have an age group in mind. ... The book should be suited to the individual child."

Introduced by some of England's top publishers, the guidelines have met with protest from a group of more than 80 authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers and booksellers, the Telegraph said.

An online petition at www.notoagebanding.org criticized the idea of rating books as "ill-conceived" and "damaging to the interests of young readers."

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Kim Zolciak denies Photoshopping in Instagram pics Kim Zolciak denies Photoshopping in Instagram pics
2
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting: 'We can't wait' to have kids Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting: 'We can't wait' to have kids
3
Miranda Lambert in tears as she sings to sick 7-year-old fan Miranda Lambert in tears as she sings to sick 7-year-old fan
4
Dakota Fanning says her mother is no stage mom Dakota Fanning says her mother is no stage mom
5
'Fashion Police' will continue in 2015, despite the death of Joan Rivers 'Fashion Police' will continue in 2015, despite the death of Joan Rivers
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback