Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

Thinking Hard About Newbery, Audience, and Insensitivity

A difficult yet though-provoking discussion is currently going on at the superb SLJ Heavy Medal blog.   In, “A Season of Gifts…Don’t Throw the Popcorn” (a side reference to a comment made by Roger Sutton on his blog), Nina Lindsay raises some important questions regarding Richard Peck’s latest book.  In subsequent posts (as of this writing they are The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Lifting the Veil,” and “Racially Insensitive“), she and her fellow blogger Jonathan Hunt as well as commenters — myself included — have been grappling with some very challenging issues.  Hard stuff, but important.  Highly recommended.

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