Good vs popular

25th June 2010 at 01:00

Witches, murder, ghosts and babies ripped from their mother's womb, let us be careful what we teach our children! Oh yeah - that's Macbeth ("Red blood sell", TES Magazine, June 18).

Young people's literature is not what it was. Of course the beloved father from The Railway Children - "Daddy, my Daddy!" - was a convicted criminal.

No one is suggesting that Darren Shan or Charlie Higson books are taught as great literature or are likely to win the Cilip Carnegie Medal. As with adult reading there is good writing and there is popular writing - Dan Brown is never going to win the Man Booker Prize.

As to the current Carnegie shortlist, and its winner, read the books and then judge - I have.

Caroline Downie, Librarian and previous Cilip Carnegie and Greenaway Medal judge.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now