Now THIS is the sort of celebrity-written kid book I go for!

There’s been so much discontent in our small little corner of the literary scene about celebrities (say actors or singers or politician’s children) dashing off children’s books.  Well, I just want to point out that Neil Gaiman is one BIG celebrity and I’m not seeing any carping about that, thank goodness!

In fact, the Newbery is getting media mention in places heretofore I would suspect the word has never been used.  MTV, anyone?

Neil Gaiman, the prolific multimedia scribe who we’ve been mentioning quite a bit lately in reference to the upcoming 3D animated adaptation of his novel “Coraline,” has been awarded the John Newbery Medal — one of the most prestiguous awards for children literature — by the American Library Association. Gaiman received the award for his recently published story “The Graveyard Book,” about a boy raised by ghosts.


Filed under Neil Gaiman, Newbery

4 responses to “Now THIS is the sort of celebrity-written kid book I go for!

  1. bettyt

    Our newspaper said, “Twin Cities Authors Win Top Awards” and I thought – oh, so now WISCONSIN is part of the Twin Cities?” but the editors were eager to claim Neil as one of our own.

    Betty T
    Minneapolis MN


  2. Thanks for the coverage Monica! Your fans might enjoy photos of you from the press conference, over at


  3. Thanks, Nina! I love it and am going to steal it (and then provide a link for more!)


  4. Imo, it makess quite a difference if the person is a celebrity because of their writing. I wouldn’t really call the Graveyard Book a celebrity book, but a book by a writer who happens to be a celebrity.


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