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03.07.08 | Anna Richardson
Publishers’ plans to make children’s books carry age guidance labels were dealt another blow last night (2nd July) as J K Rowling came out in opposition to the move, signing the No to Age Banding petition launched by Philip Pullman.
According to the Scotsman, the support of the Harry Potter creator was welcomed by authors determined to withstand moves to introduce age-banding on all children’s titles by the autumn.
“I am absolutely delighted that JK Rowling has added her support to the campaign,” said the novelist Anne Fine. “But I’m not surprised, because we all know that the reading age for her novels is extremely wide.”
The writers’ rebellion against age guidance is spearheaded by Pullman. “Declaring that a book is for any group in particular means excluding every other group, and I don’t want to exclude anybody,” he said.
The campaign's website, www.notoagebanding.org, has so far attracted more than 2,500 signatures.