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ellen degeneresRemember when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on the Today show? If you have a hard time recalling it, don’t worry — you’re not turning into Dory. The last time was six years ago.

Now, the people of Twitter (starting with Person-of-Twitter-and-of-Kidlit John Schu) have an idea to bring the winners back to the viewing public’s eye: #KidLitonEllenShow.

Confession: TheEllenShow is one of my favorite YouTube channels. I have watched and laughed at quite a few of Ellen’s monologues, games, and celebrity interviews. If I’m even slightly interested in a topic, Ellen makes it more interesting — like a friend who’s always “on.” Ellen talking to children’s authors would make my week. And that’s far from the only reason it’s an excellent idea.

The Ellen Degeneres Show is many things. It’s funny, but it can get serious. (Just like kidlit.) It embraces fun topics that appeal to lots of people, but also brings attention to important topics that could use more exposure. (Such as kidlit.) And Ellen may have a “Why I Don’t Have Kids” segment, but she clearly cares about young people. So, I’m pretty sure, do many of her viewers.

Come on, Ellen. It would be good for children’s publishing and for literacy. It would be good for your sponsors, who could donate copies of the winning books to a deserving school or organization (just a thought). It would be good for you, because you’d get to hang out with the rock stars of the children’s lit world (who tend to be pretty nice, for rock stars). It would be good for your YouTube channel, because we kidlit nerds would share the heck out of it.

Oh, and congrats on your People’s Choice Humanitarian Award! If I had a talk show, you’d be welcome on it any time.

Shoshana Flax About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.



  1. Kiera Parrott says:

    Then there’s the sad, sad fact that the year The Today Show stopped covering the winners that segment was replaced by an interview with Snooki (of MTV’s Jersey Shore) about her new book. Barf.

  2. Miriam Lang Budin says:

    I’m all for coverage of the Newbery/Caldecott Awards on ThEllenShow.

  3. Yes, yes, yes! Please, Ellen, say yes!

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