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“It’s a Good Book and I Love the Message, but…”: how “didactic content” can impact the Newbery Medal

The Newbery Award is “not for didactic content,” but that doesn’t mean the Award can’t go to books that educate and illuminate young readers. How do we determine when the lessons a book conveys are the result of distinguished writing….or mere didacticism?