Friday, February 08, 2008

Why Can't a Woman?

On Saturday March 1st at 1:00PM, I'll be at the Eric Carle Museum, moderating a panel discussion inspired by our earlier conversation about why women don't win the Caldecott Medal as often as they might. The panelists for "Read Roger Live" will include illustrator Jane Dyer, children's-books sexpert Robie Harris, Viking publisher Regina Hayes, and critic Leonard Marcus. I know the discussion will be lively, and the museum is beautiful, so come on over.

9 comments:

ihoprewo said...

It's interesting that they've invited Leonard Marcus to speak on this topic, rather than his wife, Amy Schwartz, who is a picture book artist who's never won the Caldecott Medal.

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to record a podcast of this event? I"m sure I'm not the only one who cannot travel to Massachusetts but would love to hear the discussion.

Roger Sutton said...

We asked Leonard because he really knows his picture-book and publishing history. (Amy Schwartz, btw, has an essay in the May HB). I'll see if the Carle is planning to record the event.

SevenImpossible said...

I second that comment, hoping it gets recorded in some way or that you can report back on what's said and shared.

Jules, 7-Imp

jean gralley said...

While you're at the Eric Carle, please give a wave to "Books Unbound." It's there, thanks to Leonard Marcus and, in no small way, thanks to you. Maybe Caldecotts will be given for illustration-in-motion some day. This one is innovative -- and a woman did it.

Cheers,
Jean

Anonymous said...

Do more girls or boys read Caldecott Medal Award winners?

Roger Sutton said...

Interesting question Anon. This year's Caldecott aside, most of the winners are for pre-reading and just-reading kids, meaning that adults take a far greater role in delivering them into kids' hands hearts and minds. So I'm guessing that there's probably something close to gender parity.

And now that I'm thinking about it, i bet there are more boys reading Newbery winners than there are those reading juvenile fiction in general for the same reason. Newbery books get a leg up for required reading assignments, thus broadening their readership (however unwilling).

Anonymous said...

Let us know when you get to race, class, and religion!

janeyolen said...

Will see you there.

Jane