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Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections

EU FUNDING PROGRAME 
  • Creative Europe
KEY ACTIONS 
  • Cooperation project
  • Culture strand
COUNTRY/IES 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
LIBRARY/IES 
  • JAVNA USTANOVA BIBLIOTEKA SARAJEVA, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • REGIONALNA NARODNA BIBLIOTEKA PETKO P SLAVEYKOV, Bulgaria
METHOD & TOOLS 
  • Creation of literature collection
  • Travelling exhibition

TOPICS

Gender-positive teens literature
LIBRARY LEADNo
GRANT SIZE188.124,00 €
YEAR2017-2019
PROJECT REFERENCE583894-CREA-1-2017-1-IT-CULT-COOP1

The children’s literature plays a crucial role in development of gender identity of girls and boys. In Europe there are still a large number of countries where the traditional models of representation of gender identities in children’s books are predominant. For this reason, is very important to strengthen the gender-positive children’s literature, by proposing books with characters that are breaking gender stereotypes. Unfortunately, there are still big differences on how European countries are dealing with gender identity in children’s literature. In those countries where the gender equality is more observed, the production of gender-positive children’s literature is consequently more widespread.

On the other side, there are several countries where the dissemination of this kind of literature just started. At EU level, there is no a homogeneous approach regarding the promotion and application of gender-positive children literature. All successful and remarkable experiences are limited to single actions implemented at national or local levels, with no sharing of knowledge between policy makers, academia, educational institutions and publishers.

This was the background and framework in which the G-BOOK project took life. During the 2 years implementation the project partners worked together to:- support the circulation of “gender-positive children’s literature” at EU level – stimulate and to encourage local libraries to enrich their offer of gender-positive children’s literature.- raise awareness within local communities on the importance (and benefits) of gender-positive children’s literature.

These objectives were successfully reached through the following activities:

– Creation of the first European Bibliography of Positive-Gender Children’s literature, available in an online interactive catalogue in 6 European languages (g-book.eu)

– Realization of 2 multilingual collections on different topics related to gender identity. These 2 collections travelled through Europe and were hosted in all the partner’s countries,

– Setting up of Gender Identity Sections in 6 public libraries with the purchase of books from the EU bibliography,

– Participation and great success at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018,

– Audience development and raising awareness activities for children, parents, teachers in al the involved libraries,

– Active engagement of publishers for promoting the books of the bibliography and their translation.

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