Don’t put age ranges on children’s books

Jean Hannah Edelstein Says Don’t put age ranges on children’s books: “Because of this life-shaping experience – and a later one when another teacher went into a panic that I was losing my innocence when I was caught reading Les Miserables – I particularly welcomed the news that authors at the Hay festival last week banded together to protest about an outrageous scheme to print recommended age ranges on children’s books. They wisely point out that slower readers would be dispirited that they were reading at the speed of children younger than them, while faster readers would continue to seek out the wild thrills of books meant for older kids or (shudder) adults.”