The Caldecott Medal Award

Selecting a new bright, happy book every year

About the Caldecott

Not to be confused with The Newberry Award (it's for chapter books,) The Caldecott Medal Award is given to the best and most distinguished children's picture book of the year, and has been since 1938. It was named after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th century illustrator. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) gives out an award and a handful of honor awards every time, and chooses well. Each award winner is descriptive and full of colorful illustrations. Some of them are popular, such as Kitten's First Full Moon and Where The Wild Things Are. The honor books aren't bad, either, with books such as Dave the Potter (by the way, it has beautiful illustrations) and Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus. (Although those two books have little in common, they are both great stories.) The hundreds of books with awards are probably all great, but it would take forever to read every one!


Randolph Caldecott

As I said previously, Randolph Caldecott Was an English illustrator in the nineteen hundreds. Although he is most widely known for illustrations, he was also an artist.He was born in Manchester and went to school there. He studied at the Manchester School of art. He started working on picture books in 1877, and Caldecott might not have done them if Edmund Evans didn't tell him to! They completed 16 books together. Sadly, Randolph grew sick and frail, and he left for America in hope of better health. But it was a cold winter, and the temperature made him weak. He died of organic heart disease on February 13, 1886 in St. Augustine at the age of 39.
more info on Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott Society of America website, also my scorce

2013 Caldecott Winner

This Year's winner, This Is Not My Hat, is an entertaining book written by Jon Klassen. When the little fish sees the big fish sound asleep, he notices he has a nice hat. The little fish steals it, but he's not worried about it. So he goes to hide in the place where the plants grow tall and close together. Do you think the big fish will find out?


This is not my hat. By Jon klassen Read aloud

Note on video- the audio is low, and you might want to turn it up.

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