So, the Booktrust (“inspiring a love of good books”) uses “a group of children’s book experts drawn from across Booktrust” to create their list of the “100 best books for children” of the last 100 years. There is not one by Rosemary Sutcliff ! I was intrigued to search out the criteria they used. The blog post Selecting Booktrust’s 100 Best Books reveals them.
- Great story
- ‘Highest quality’ of writing and illustration
- The most popular with children and their families
- Engaged children and children loved best
- Offering young readers the chance to learn about the world and to broaden their horizons
- Most innovative and original titles (not made clear if they mean the title itself or the whole book)
- Iconic books that have proved they could stand the test of time
Using these how on earth is there not one Rosemary Sutcliff title – The Eagle of the Ninth for one of course (well over 1 million copies sold …second criterion ), but others too? One of the few British writers to be runner-up or winner of the international Hans Christian Anderson prize….. Carnegie Medal winner and runner-up….
Truly iconic titles, great stories, the highest quality of writing (The Guardian obituary -” a writer of genius”), popular since the 1950s, broadens young people’s moral and historical horizons, original. All of those.
So, I assert Rosemary Sutcliff should be there! Can you help my peace of mind with some evidence for a reasoned broadside I shall send to the Booktrust?