Sunday, January 27, 2008

Nestle Prize Melts Away

Okay, it wasn't that great of a pun. But check out this article on the demise of the Nestle Prize anyway.

For those who are puzzled right now, the Nestle Smarties Book Prize was a British literary prize, sponsored by the Nestle Corporation (yeah, the chocolate guys) and recognizing a range of children's literature. The shortlists were selected by adult judges, but the final winners were selected by UK schoolchildren. They had good taste, too; in addition to the first Harry Potter, other kidlitosphere faves like Polly Dunbar's Penguin and Emily Gravett's Wolves have been honored. Both Booktrust and Nestle assert that it was a mutual decision, made without hostility.

The author reflects on the checkered past of such an important children's literary prize being sponsored by a corporation, especially this corporation. She also mentions the value that the prize held for children's authors and kidlit in the UK.

What do you think?

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