So many Caldecott medal winners, since 1938! Each year as a child I would be delighted to hear the news. Which of the many books our teachers read to us or that we checked out from the library might WIN?!
Today I share some of my top favorites, and it was an easier task to choose than I anticipated. My favorites just leaped to the top! I chose only from the winners, not the honor books (which are also wonderful!). I admit that many of my favorites are those from my own childhood. I'm not as up on the current winners, say for the last 5 years or so, as I am on my own children's favorites or my personal favorites. None the less, here they are for you to see, and hopefully, you will select a few you may have missed and share them with the children in your lives.
- The Biggest Bear, by Lynd Ward
- Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr
- The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
- Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
- Madeline's Rescue, by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Mrs. Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
*** I am sure any one of us could tell a story of how a favorite book influenced our lives, or a happy memory of a book interacting with childhood, or an anecdote from teaching years with these books so deeply entwined in the lives of each child. Books are so powerful -- so wonderful -- so -- hugely important.
History of the Caldecott Medal: (http://www.ala.org)
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott. Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children's book award.
The Caldecott Medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan in 1937. The scene on the face of the medal is derived from Caldecott's illustrations for The Diverting Story of John Gilpin, in which Gilpin rides a runaway horse. The story was based on a poem from 1782 by William Cowper. The back of the medal shows another of Caldecott's illustrations, "Four and twenty blackbirds bak'd in a pie."