Monday, September 14, 2009

The Caldecott Medal


It's Monday--Picture Books Past. As most children's book lovers know, since 1938, great picture books have been singled out for the Caldecott Medal, given each year to a picture book illustrator. Specifically, it's for "the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year." It's interesting that in the ALA related definitions, it states, "A 'picture book for children' as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. A picture book has a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised." Hmmm. "Essentially provides the child with a visual experience..." That's good to keep in mind when we start getting too wordy. Also, "a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept..." No room for tangents in a great picture book. Find out more about the Caldecott Medal here.

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