Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today Show skips Newbery and Caldecott winners for Snooki

From Alice Pope's SCBWI Children's Market Blog:
"With the national television news outlets providing wall-to-wall media coverage since Saturday of the tragedy in Tucson, it’s not surprising that two children’s book award winners would be overlooked during a week of breaking news. But, to some who tuned into the Today Show on Tuesday morning expecting to see the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists, insult seemed added to injury. The program did indeed take a break from its coverage of the shootings during the second hour to interview an author. But it was an author who's not likely to win a prestigious literary award any time soon: Nicole Polizzi, better known to the world as Snooki, the Jersey Shore star more famous for her trash talk and wild partying rather than her literary chops..."
Click here to read more, including the letter SCBWI's Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser sent to the Today Show.

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