So I’ve stayed away from School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal blog all of a couple days. Not so hot on discipline, am I?
This quote is from a post there called The Art of Writing. It really struck me in its loveliness.
We have to muddle our way through a lot of really good work, hold each up against the other, try calling it distinguished, disagree, find something better…in order to identify the best out there. I always hope, in the end, that the medals go to works that truly achieve “liftoff.” Our job (most of us) is one of connecting readers with great books, medal or not. Though the Newbery award is certainly for those readers, in my mind, it’s more important that it’s for the writers/creators: awarding them for the struggle, so that they’ll continue, and so that others have a standard to shoot for.
Let’s celebrate Newbery winners today, those whose struggles have set the bar high and have given us books we love. Who’s on your list?