For all you book lovers, this year marks the 80th year of the prestigious Caldecott Medal Award.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children”, beginning with 1937 publications.
This award is presented to the artist (illustrator) , while the Newbery Medal is presented to the author for literature.
I knew nothing of this award until I visited our library when my children were young. I quickly learned to spot the emblem, the gold seal affixed to the cover of the book. For me, it was a huge help in selecting books. So, if you see a gold or silver (2nd place) emblem on a book, like the one below, rest assured it is an excellent book.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts currently has on display all eighty Caldecott winning books. All eighty. I was a child in a candy store the moment I walked into the exhibit. The books are displayed on a shelf, all front-facing of course, in the proper order from this year’s winner to the 1938 winner. Newest to oldest. Even the oldest books are highly recognizable, such as Make Way For Ducklings and The Little House. Interspersed is original artwork from many of the books. For example, from The Polar Express hangs the illustration of Santa Clause holding up the bell and announcing, “The first gift of Christmas.”
After circling the room many times to enjoy every book, It struck me to take a video that would film all the books, in order. I did just that! It is broken into two short videos, with the second one picking up where the first one leaves off.
Here we go, starting with 2018:
Here we go, ending with 1938:
The exhibit will be on display through May 13th. There’s always something wonderful at The Carle.