The unconventionality of the Newbery and Caldecott winners are getting some mad press and bringing lots of attention to children's literature. This is the kind of buzz we need to get more people to pick up books and read.
I also hope it inspires authors out there who may be thinking about trying something different, and it seems apparent that people are looking for different things. On Sunday, I listed this week's NY Times Bestselling picture books and noticed that only three were traditional picture books while the remaining seven were either pop-up or interactive books.
Parents: The choices are virtually endless. Ask a librarian or bookseller for help, and you're sure to find something your child will enjoy.
Authors: Dare to be different...you might just win a snazzy sticker for the front of your book.
Now, I'm off to the bookstore. Happy reading!