What do you think about age banding children's books? If you're not familiar with it, check out this article. Basically, publishers want to label books 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+, and 13+/teen to help guide parents towards appropriate books for their children.
I'm kind of crossed about age banding. As a parent, I fully understand the need to know what books are appropriate, but the anti-censor in my brain is screaming, who is going to make the decision on what's considered appropriate? On the other hand, I constantly find myself babbling to parents of girls under 11 years old who try to buy my book at tournaments, that SCREWBALL is YA and contains some high school stuff. Age banding would halt my constant babbling. But, I would never want to stop a child from reading. Urgh..
What do you think? Do you support age banding or are you against age banding, like these folks?
SCREWBALL NEWS: I'm so excited. This weekend, I'm going to meet my publisher for the first time face to face. :) We'll be selling and signing SCREWBALL at the Blast at the Beach tournament in Salisbury, Maryland. Have a great weekend!