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Reading Gender in Children’s Literature Critical Library Pedagogy for Young Readers Michael M. Widdersheim PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh Melissa.

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1 Reading Gender in Children’s Literature Critical Library Pedagogy for Young Readers Michael M. Widdersheim PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh Melissa A. McCleary Youth Services Librarian, Pembroke Public Library

2 Libraries, technologies, and self- assembly Bibliographic control Social space Private reading Surveillance

3 Readers’ advisory, gender & sexuality, and the self Gender stereotypes Sex Sexualization Transsexual characters & readers Gendered reading & learning Transvestism Gender & book preferences The gender gap Intersections :

4 Language and readers’ advisory: Some problems Essentialization Assignment Othering Cultural imperialism Tokenism Complicity

5 Counter-techniques Consider story quality Exploit expert position Interrogate norms Use open-ended questions Recommend progressive titles Rely on passive (indirect) tools Create safe environment

6 Conclusion Critical readers’ advisory: Toward a reorganization of imaginary life. Contacts:


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