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Project Type
Irish Partner
Centre for Children's and Young Adult Literature, School of English, DCU, Dublin City
  • Lead partner: University of Bologna, Italy
  • Sarajevo Library (Bosnia Herzegovina)
  • Library of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)
  • University of Vigo (Spain)
  • Paris 13 University (France).
Funding Strand
Smaller Scale Co-operation Projects
Year Funded
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In many countries, books for teenagers generally stick to very conservative, narrow-minded views that reiterate stereotyped gender roles. on the other hand, some countries embrace more progressive views and gender-positive works for children and teens are much more diffused. At EU level, all remarkable experiences aimed at promoting gender-positive teens’ literature are limited to single national or local actions with no sharing of knowledgeamong academia, policy makers, publishers and educational institutions.

G-BOOK 2 (2020 - 2022) builds on the results of a previous Creative Europe funded project - G-BOOK Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections’ project (2017 – 2019) which created the first gender-positive online bibliography for children.

The main objectives of this project are to support the circulation of gender-positive teens’ literature at a EU level; and engage the target audience (early teenagers) with gender-related topics in an equality perspective and develop their creative skills. G-BOOK 2 activities will include:

  • Thematic expansion of the first EU Bibliography of gender-positive kids’ literature implemented by G-BOOK by including books for the 11-14 age group.
  • Linguistic extension of such bibliography by including the German language;
  • Audience development and raising awareness activities in middle schools, structured in a 2-year curricular project involving 6 schools from all PP countries.
  • 6 writing contests on gender-related themes; translation and publication of the awarded stories in 6 languages; and transnational visual storytelling of all awarded stories (one per country) to encourage teen’s artistic expression.

G-BOOK 2 will adopt a similar methodology to the original project and will expand the original online bibliography to include literature read by children aged 11 to 14. Have a look at the first project results and rescources here:

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