I’m always pleased to see good New York Times coverage of the awards. I was up at 6:30 this morning to read: Very New York Novel Wins Newbery Medal. Motoko Rich’s article focusses mostly on Rebecca Stead, with a a nice secondary piece on Jerry Pinkney, and couple of mentions of other awards.
I do have a kneejerk reaction that is not always appropriate about the NewYorkCentricism of New Yorkers. Here, I had to admit to myself that Rich’s is a perfectly fine spin on the Newbery for the New York Times. However, it just struck the wrong tone with me because the bigger news to me is that Jerry Pinkney is the first individual African-American to get a Caldecott Medal…the only other African American medalist was Leo Dillon (who shared the medal with his wife Diane) in 1977 and 1976. That’s a long stretch. Has the wider media really not realized this? It happened on MLK day for ____ sake. Rich does not mention it.
(And the fact that WYRM is set in NY is just not important to anyone who doesn’t live there. Sorry. I still think it’s a bad headline.)
[update: here's Karen MacPherson's article, mentioned in the comments, which does mention Pinkney's achievement.]