You know, one could also say that child lit. awards should also broaden their boundaries to include “adult books” based on most of my reasoning below. This isn’t a bad direction to take, eventually. Part of what makes some books so fantastic is that even though they aren’t explicitly marketed to one age group, everyone across age groups reads them and enjoys them.
For instance, the recently-mentioned “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell.
However, I would not want to codify such a thing or support it until some semblance of equality occurs, wherein a finely crafted children’s book novel is held up and equal to all other novels without having to follow that expression with “…despite being a children’s book novel.”
And it’s all moot, because the prize committees, especially Nobel ones, do not read my blog. Of that, I am certain.