Some would say the Caldecott Awards are the highest honor in picture books, and I wouldn't disagree. While they're awarded for artistic merit, it's been my experience that the Caldecott Winners are the best of the best all-around...great illustrations and great storytelling.
The Spring 2013 (Vol. 11, no. 1) issue of ALSC's journal, Children and Libraries, was dedicated to the Caldecott Award. It includes interviews with past winners (Wiesner and Selznick); articles about Randolph Caldecott himself, one editor's behind-the-scenes perspective of picturebook creation, banquet night reminiscences and photos, childhood photos of Caldecott winners, and much more. .
|The Lion & the Mouse: Sometimes books don’t need words, and in the timeless tale of kindness as illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, it is easy to see why this story was the winner of the Caldecott awards. The lion spares a tiny mouse that he intended to eat, and later on the little creature returns the kindness by rescuing the lion from a poacher’s trap. Done in colored pencil and watercolor, it brings to life the colors of the African plains and draws children in to a world with magnificent details. This is a book they will want to look at over and over again..|
During 2012-13, ALSC and children's picturebook lovers everywhere celebrated 75 years of the Caldecott Award and distinguished picturebooks! Many special Caldecott-related events and activities took place over the anniversary year--in person, online, and in print. We hope you were able to participate. Ready to revisit those special moments? Check out...
"Vibrant rich colors, playful details, and skillfully-placed die cuts contribute to the book's raucous merriment that takes this Yiddish folk song far beyond the simple words," said Barbara Z. Kiefer, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. "The patchwork layout of the pages, the two-dimensional paintings and the exaggerated perspectives, reminiscent of the folk art tradition, are the very fabric that turn this overcoat into a story."