Earlier this year, the American Library Association’s list of 2015 Book and Media Awards winners was proclaimed at the Newbery Caldecott Wilder banquet, creating quite a commotion in children’s lit circles.
As a homeschooler twenty years ago, I was interested to see the new Caldecott selections assuming that they would live up to very high standards of 60 years ago. My book-loving friends and I didn’t question the American Library Association (ALA) “experts”. We were almost too busy to see the sharp decline in wholesome adventure and mental food to inspire a young heart to courageous living. I trusted them and their yardstick for judging children’s literature – but not anymore.
However, bad is not for me to determine. It is for me to increase awareness so conscientious parents can make wise choices.