We had a black dog road trip last night as Melissa, Audrey and myself went along to the CBCA Claytons night in Victoria.
First of all congratulations must go to Pam McIntyre who was this years recipient of the Leila St John Award. Well done, Pam!
Events like this are always interesting – any time that people are prepared to stand in front of a group and offer up their opinion on something is always going to be interesting. And, generate some comment I guess.
I find it fascinating how different people interpret different things and last night left me with a lot of questions. For example, does a book that is nominated in the information category necessarily have to be an academic tome? Can it have a bit of colour and movement and (dare I say it?) story? And is it ok to give an eight-year-old a book that they may find unsettling? Do we sometimes not challenge our kids for fear that their feelings will be hurt? And are we ever going to decide exactly what a picture book is and who they are aimed at?
I don’t know the answers and I don’t pretend to but I would love to hear your thoughts.