Apparently age guidance ratings for books have gotten Christmas shoppers and booksellers up in arms or confused over in the UK. I can just see that particular slice of automaton parents now. “Sorry, Jimmy. I know you can read like a 10-year-old, but you’re 6 and this book here says 8 and up. Have some Robert Munsch instead of something that may inspire you to actually read more.”
Booksellers on both sides of the age guidance debate have expressed frustration at the introduction of age guidance on children’s books. This will be the first Christmas in which the programme to include age guidance on the back of children’s books has been embedded, following its launch last summer.
The decision by publishers to introduce age guidance followed research for the Publishers Association (PA) showing that parents and gift buyers found it difficult to select age-appropriate books for children. However, not all children’s publishers have taken part in the scheme with companies including Walker Books, Usborne and Bloomsbury abstaining, as well as a number of authors.
I’m sorry, people, but do you know what ACTUALLY makes it difficult for you to select age-appropriate books for children? The fact that you AREN’T BOTHERING TO SPEND TEN MINUTES READING THEM. You’re not retarded and presumably have met your child once or twice. Just open the book and you’ll get a sense of whether it works. A little friggin investment, please.