A Sensible Take on the Newbery

Does it follow that books dealing with tough social issues turn kids off? Doesn’t whether a book is complicated or inaccessible depend on the age and experience of the reader? Is the criterion that the book be distinguished too elitist? Popularity is important, and there are many state-sponsored “children’s choice” awards, such as the California Young Reader Medal, that allow kids to weigh in. The intent of the Newbery, like certain adult literary awards, is to “encourage good writing,” whether or not the book has broad popular appeal.

Susan Patron, long-time children’s librarian and Newbery winner, makes some important points today in, Don’t discount the Newbery – Los Angeles Times.

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