Just a little update to let you know how things have been progressing following a couple of hard weeks of negotiating and arranging meetings etc. for both of our publishing projects; Ah Dinnae Ken and The Day Boy and The Night Girl.

For The Day Boy and The Night Girl, following the successful reception of our first illustrations produced by the lovely Julie Pond. We have discovered an amazing new campaign called “Let Books be Books”.

Created by the children’s organisation Let Toys be Toys, which is their campaign slogan promoting the end of gender stereotypes within the children’s toy industry, which enforce and limit children’s development and creativity  from a young age. Their newest campaign has been focused on stopping childhood gender stereotypes within the publishing industry and they have experienced amazing results so far!

Not only have they gained the support of the largest book retailer in the UK – Waterstones – and a number of publishing houses including Parragon and Usborne. But they have also gained the support of so many amazing authors including the current and previous Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman (current) and Anne Fine, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and numerous others like Philip Pullman!

This has been such an exciting discovery for our whole team not only because it’s about books and the industry that we all love but mainly because they are promoting a campaign arguing for the same principles as we believe in for our project The Day Boy and The Night Girl. Gender should never be a limiting factor when it comes to children’s reading and labeling them in a way which dictates “who can and cannot read a book”.

So we have decided to get involved! You can follow our movement to support the removal of gender labelled books on our twitter @EdNapierPublish and on our facebook page DayBoyNightGirl for all our latest updates!

You can also find out more about this amazing campaign on Let Toys be Toys campaign page and this article by the Guardian.