The Caldecott Medal • What is the Caldecott Medal?
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 award is given out every 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.
15 Librarians are chosen to be on the Caldecott committee. They read hundreds and hundreds of books so they can decided which one is the best!
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.
Some books each year were called “runners-up”. In 1971, that term was changed to “honorbooks”. These medals look like the award except they are silver instead of bronze. “The Red Book”, by Barbara Lehman, was an honor book in 2005.
Now, let’s talk about some books that have won the Caldecott Medal. If you would like to check one of these books out or another book which has won the medal, check with Ms. Ross. “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers”, by Mordicai Gerstein, won the Caldecott Medal in 2004.
If you want to check out a book which has won the Caldecott Medal in our library, just check the spine. It will have a Caldecott sticker. Or you can ask Ms. Ross!
Books which have won the Caldecott Medal are really great! I hope you enjoy reading some of them.
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