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POSNER / JEWISH JUVENILE BOOK AWARDS
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for the prize; 2) Have a list of Notable Books each year, in
addition to the prize winner; 3) Don’t mix cumulative awards
with single title awards. Give special recognition instead; 4) Stick
to the rules; no adaptations or textbooks should get awards;
5) Review the literary criteria with the judges; 6) Split the
award into fiction and non-fiction; 7) Consider tha t a book must
be read to communicate. Reading is a communication art as
much as film or television. An author must consider the needs
of his audience, if he wants to be read. Therefore, the child-
reader is primary when selecting the winner.
So many talented writers are Jewish. I t is a pity tha t they
write without expressing their Jewishness. We cannot hope to
persuade the assimilated Jewish writer to inject
Y id d ish k e i t
into
his stories. He has to find it himself first. We can hope, however,
for better literary quality from those who are already imbued
with Jewishness—our current writers and those exciting new­
comers just waiting to be spurred on by the Juvenile Book
Award, and by all of us who get turned on by books—especially
books for Jewish children.