This year is the Caldecott Medal's 80th anniversary. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the medal goes to the “artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.”
The Caldecott is the most prestigious award an American picture book can receive, so the announcement of the winner each year is a highly anticipated event for Children's literature enthusiasts across the United States. You're invited to celebrate the occasion with us—just drop by the Children’s Area at the Main Library at 10 a.m. on February 12 to watch the live stream of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, where the winner is announced.
There's a display of Caldecott award and honor-winning books from previous years here as well—and you can always consult the complete list of Caldecott winners on the ALA website.
And who are are rooting for? Here are some of our favorites of the past year:
Wolf in the Snow
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
A favorite of a number of our staff.
"An emotional roller coaster with few words and fantastic illustrations; great use of white space juxtaposed against full bleed spreads."
"The pen and ink with watercolor illustrations transport you to a cold, vast wilderness, where you discover unlikely friendship and heartwarming kindness."
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James
"So vibrant and joyful!"
Book of Mistakes
Written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken
"This unique book integrates illustration and text exceptionally well."
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Written by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Adam Rex
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Big Cat, Little Cat
Written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper
All the Way to Havana
Written by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Mike Curato
After the Fall
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
Life on Mars
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee
Little Fox in the Forest
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin