2008 is the National Year of Reading here in Britain, and earlier in the year the government commissioned the School Library Association to produce a list of books specifically aimed at encouraging young boys to read (as in America, boys here lag quite a way behind girls in their reading habits and frequency).
It’s categorised as â€œolder primaryâ€ level, and is in some damn good companyâ€”Charlie Higson’s YOUNG BOND and Eoin Colfer’s ARTEMIS FOWL graphic novel, for example. You can see the specific listing here, or browse through the whole report online.
I’m dead chuffed about this. Not just because, hey, it’s one of my books, but also because this is another step towards erasing the stigma that has traditionally surrounded comics for so long in this country. Onward and upward.