The Caldecott is given out each year by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of English illustrator Randolph Caldecott who lived in the 1800’s. This is a book he wrote called “John Gilpin’s Ride.” The medal looks like the pictures from this book.
In 1937, Rene’ Paul Chambellan designed the Caldecott Medal. It is a bronze medal with the winner’s name and the date engraved on the back.
Fifteen Librarians who work with children’s books are chosen to be on the Caldecott committee. They read hundreds and hundreds of books so they can decided which one is the best!
picture book: a book consisting mainly or entirely of pictures, esp. one for children who have not yet learned to read. True picture books are books in which the pictures help tell the story : the pictures are needed to understand the story
The first Caldecott Medal was presented in 1938 to Dorothy Lathrop for her book, Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book. Medium: black and white lithographs (Medium means what kind of artwork/how the artwork was made)
2006 Caldecott Winner Author: Norman Juster Illustrator: Chris Raschka Medium: Watercolor
2005 Caldecott Winner Author: Kevin Henkes Illustrator: Kevin Henkes Medium: Gouache (method of painting), colored pencil
1995 Caldecott Winner Author: Eve Bunting Illustrator: David Diaz Medium: Collage
Some books each year were called “runners-up”. In 1971, that term was changed to “honor books”. These medals look like the award except they are silver instead of bronze. Honor books have great pictures too!
“The Red Book”, by Barbara Lehman, was an honor book in 2005.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems was an Honor book in 2004.
“The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins” was an Honor book in 2002.
What book will win this year? The Caldecott has been presented every year since 1938
Books which have won the Caldecott Medal or an honor medal use pictures to help tell the story, and the pictures are really good! Look for a Caldecott today.
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