The Guardian launches kids website

The Guardian has launched today, 3 March 2011, a new kids website at guardian.co.uk/childrensbooks. The site includes three reading zones aimed at different age groups: seven and under, eight to 12, and 13 plus, with content being chosen and inspired by children reading and contributing.

Importantly the site will encourage child-to-child sharing with older children discussing their favourite books and authors with the younger ones.

Guardian Books Editor, Claire Armitstead, said: “When you think of the resource that older friends or siblings represent, it seems astonishing that child-to-child reading gets so little attention. A sibling or a friend stand outside the circle of school, parent and child: you obey a parent, but you look up to an older sibling and you share enthusiasms with friends. In a culture with many different models of what family means, the resource of other children becomes even more valuable. It’s with this in mind that the Guardian is launching a children-only website.

Site editor, Michelle Pauli, said: “We want this site to be owned by the children involved in it – their reviews, their searching questions to authors and their ideas for what they want to see on the site. We’re here to enable it all to happen through our contacts and platform. We can’t wait to see what they make of it.”

Children’s authors including Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson are helping to launch the new book site today.

Visit here guardian.co.uk/childrensbooks

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