- Dear Editor:
As the Executive Director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators, a non-profit international organization of 24,000 professional
children’s book writers, illustrators, publishers, editors and agents, I have to
express dismay at the decision this week of NBC’s Today Show not to run the
traditional interviews with the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.
The books that are granted these prestigious awards represent the best of what
we have to offer children---great storytelling, strong values, a legacy of
literature and hope and high-minded ideals. What they elected to run in that
spot, an interview with reality star Snooki, represents the exact opposite.
In choosing not to run the interviews with Clare Vanderpool and Erin Stead,
television has once again underestimated the intelligence of its audience.
Parents are dying to get their hands on good books for their kids. Booksellers
are eager to sell and promote good books for kids. It’s good business, good
broadcasting and good ethics to honor the best books for children.
Executive Director, SCBWI