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75 Years of the Randolph Caldecott Medal

January 24th, 2013

in Pickering Educational Resources Library

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This honor is awarded each year to an illustrator for “the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States.”  It is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Click here for the full list of medal winners and honorees, and if you’d like to see the beautiful artistry of the book covers, check out this list from the Arlington (VA) Public Library.

This Monday, January 28th, the announcement of the 2013 award winner (along with other Youth Media award winners)  will be streamed live at 11am Eastern time. Also of interest, Booklist has published an article connecting some past Caldecott winners with Common Core standards for education.

Did you know there is another, older award for Children’s Literature? The Newbery Medal was first given in 1922, making it the first children’s book award in the world. It is awarded to the author of an outstanding children’s book each year.

The Pickering Educational Resources Library has the Caldecott and Newbery award winners.  In fact, we usually get two copies of these special books: one for general circulation, and one for our permanent Reserves collection.