Caldecott Medal Celebrates 75th Anniversary

May 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

Caldecott 75th Anniversary Logo

The Caldecott Medal is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary!

Each year the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) bestows this popular award upon the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

Randolph Caldecott, for whom the award is named, was an influential children’s illustrator working in England during the Victorian era.  His artwork was renowned for its ability to depict movement, which is evident in one of his illustrations depicted on the Caldecott Medal and Caldecott honor seal.  In a previous post, we highlighted this year’s award recipient, Chris Raschka, for his book, A Ball for Daisy.

Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the 2008 Caldecott award-winning book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret has created the special Caldecott 75th Anniversary design you see above.  Do the figures in the illustration look familiar?  He has incorporated characters from previous Caldecott award-winning books spanning all the way back to the award’s beginning in 1938.  Each month, ALSC will be discussing each of the ten characters in their Caldecott Clue Countdown, so check their website often to learn more.

Want to get a better feel for what books merit this notable award?  Check out our annotated list of Caldecott award winners back to the year 2000 with links to the actual items available for checkout in our catalog.  Alternatively, from the ALSC website, you can view the list of all Caldecott medal and honor books all the way back to 1938!

For more information about award-winning books and FREE programs for children @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

The Caldecott Award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The 75th Anniversary illustration and logo copyright © 2012 by Brian Selznick. Used with permission of ALSC/ALA.

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