Roxane’s List #3

I am a compulsive list maker. I love making lists of things I want to write, books I want to read, things I want to do, even things I’ve already done. (I know, that’s cheating but if I feel life is racing away from me, making a list of what I’ve already done is comforting.).

I wish I’d been able to find the University of Texas Center for Women’s Studies’ Middle School Girls’ Reading List and Resource Guide when I was putting Roxane’s List together. Although it doesn’t feature any Australian titles, it’s a terrific resource.

Another great list of books for girls has been put together by the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA). You can download the PDF of their Gutsy Girl Reads here. This list covers books from picture books through to young adult titles and includes plenty of NZ and Australian authors.

These lists aren’t easy to find. When I googled ‘girls reading’ in Australia, the first site I got was a very peculair one entitled ‘sexy babes reading books – girls who read are hot’. Definitely not recommended. Interestingly, if you google ‘boys reading’ you get a plethora of educational sites about boys and books and ways to encourage boys to read. So, for the moment, I don’t feel the need to compile a list for boys. Maybe, if the tide turns, I’ll get around to it but I think boys can feel pretty confident that there are plenty of good books out there waiting for them to discover.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

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