May 30, 2012
The Big Awards
A thought on the big awards (Newbery, Caldecott, National Book Award, etc.).
I remember reading a blog post from an author who will remain nameless that they would not win the Newbery award. This author seemed a bit sad about that, and my immediate thought was - they totally have the wrong attitude. Totally wrong. In my opinion, no author of children's literature should aspire to win the big awards. The winners of these are selected by adults for reasons that make more sense to adults than to children. No, children's literature authors should aspire to win awards selected by children! The children's choice awards, both by state and nationally, are the real goals in my opinion. The children are, after all, the intended audience for these books. Who better to choose what's award worthy!
I hope that the author comes to understand just how important it ISN'T to win the big awards, and how important it IS to have children as fans.
Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading.