Newbery Winner Hugh Lofting on Voice in Children’s Literature

“Children do not want us to come down patronizing to their level. They would much sooner be pulled up to ours in both ideas and vocabulary.”
– Hugh Lofting, winner of the 1923 Newbery Medal for The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

Isn’t it interesting that we still argue over this concept, all these years later? But wouldn’t you agree that Newbery winners tend to be books that are in line with Lofting’s beliefs?

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