It could be argued that Roald Dahl is the reason I became a elementary school librarian. I’m not sure who is going to partake in that argument with me, but I am prepared if ever the time should come. Now the Brits have gone and done something smart: created a literary award in Mr. Dahl’s name that honors funny books.  This is one of the only places in children’s lit where serious stories need not apply. I have to say I like it.

To hear U.K. Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen explains the motivation behind the award, click the play button below.

[2 min. 58 sec.]

(Image: ‘Matilda