Those of you who live in the UK will have heard about this... there is a new "Industry Standard" looming. Childrens' books are to be "age banded", that is, published with a label that suggests an appropriate reading age.
I think that is an absolutely appalling idea! - I don't know about you, but I remember having a hard time in school for lots of things I did that weren't "proper". I wasn't wearing the right clothes, I wasn't listening to the right music... and it was easy for the other kids to decide what was right or wrong because it was decided via charts and labels and on a "surface" level. One of the few things I felt safe and happy about were the books I was reading, which included precisely everything I felt like reading. And one wonderful thing about reading books to me back then was that no one could instantly judge what I was doing. And believe me, they tried. I distinctly remember the looks of some of those kids trying to find something nasty to say, and all they could come up with was some lame thing about reading books in general, maybe something about the title or the cover - but the one thing they couldn't say was that some higher authority was disapproving of me reading that book and so giving them the right to take it off me and chuck it up into a tree with impunity.
I would like to keep things that way for curious children.
I understand that parents may be worried about the content of some "young adult" books, but this really, really doesn't seem like a good solution to me - but just like another way to put small people into small holes.
So I signed up at No to Age Banding.
Oof, feeling a bit better now.