Monday, January 26, 2009

Neil Gaiman Wins Newbery Medal

Congratulations to Neil Gaiman, comic-book luminary and creator of "Coraline," whose "The Graveyard Book," a re-interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book," won the Newbery Medal. I seem to remember a recent online argument about the Newbery, asking if it was awarding books that kids actually want to read, the books that will make them seek out more literature. Well, I think this is exactly the type of book that will get kids to read. Neil Gaiman has a great voice, and I'm glad that he's been awarded this prize. Plus, I love that Gaiman posted several videos from the book tour online, the equivalent of having a free audiobook floating around the internet. And (music industry: take note) it seems to have only helped sales!

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