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>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.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >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.

  2. >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.

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >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.

  4. SevenImpossible says:

    >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

  5. jean gralley says:

    >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.


  6. Anonymous says:

    >Do more girls or boys read Caldecott Medal Award winners?

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >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).

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

  9. >Will see you there.


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