Celebrating Caldecott Winners
Published on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:30am
Beginning in 1937, the ALA (American Library Association) began awarding the prestigious Caldecott medal to the illustrator of America's "most distinguished picture book for children." The medal gets its name from Randolph Caldecott, an influential 19th century English illustrator. The image on the Caldecott medal comes from his illustrations forThe Diverting History of John Gilpin, a poem written by William Cowper.
Check out Randolph J. Caldecott and the Story of the Caldecott Medal by John Bankston if you are interested in learning more about the award's history.
Children and their families enjoyed a special Caldecott-themed Family Fun Time story time and craft here at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room. We still have craft supplies left if you would like to drop in and make your very own Caldecott winning book -- hurry in while supplies last!
While you're here, check out the entire list of Caldecott winners and Honors (runners-up) and pick out your favorite title from the library.
Here are a few of Miss Cassie's favorite Caldecotts:
- April's Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry (Honor, 1941)
- King Bidgood's In the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood (Honor, 1986)
- Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Winner, 1942)
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead (Winner, 2011)
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Winner, 1963)
Please call us in the Children's Room at 202-727-1248 if you have any questions or if you are interested in the theme for next week's Family Fun Time.