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)
2012 Caldecott Winner Author and Illustrator: Chris Raschka Medium: Watercolor
2011 Caldecott Winner Author: Philip C. Stead Illustrator: Erin E. Stead Medium: Pencil, woodblock prints
2010 Caldecott Winner (The Lion and the Mouse) Author: Jerry Pinkney Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney Medium: Watercolor (wordless)
2009 Caldecott Winner Author: Susan Marie Swanson Illustrator: Beth Krommes Medium: Scratchboard art
2008 Caldecott Winner Author: Brian Selznick Illustrator: Brian Selznick Medium: Pencil drawings
2007 Caldecott Winner Author: David Wiesner Illustrator: David Wiesner Medium: Watercolor (wordless)
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!
“Interrupting Chicken”, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, was an honor book in 2011.
“All the World”, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was an honor book in 2010.
“How I Learned Geography”, written by Uri Shulevitz, was an honor book in 2009.
“Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad”, written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, was an honor book in 2008.
“Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet”, by David McLimans, was an honor book in 2007.
“Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride ”, by Marjorie Priceman, was an honor book in 2006.
“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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