This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first Caldecott medal. The Randolph Caldecott medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association to the picture book with the “most distinguished illustrations of the year.” As we anticipate the announcement of the 2013 medal, today’s picture book puzzler is a look back at past winners. It’s fun to pick out themes in the winning books from the past 75 years, so we’ve pulled out a few for you.
1. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books about snow?
2. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books that are retold folk or fairy tales?
3. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books by husband and wife author/illustrator pairs?
Put your guesses in the comments below and we’ll share our answers with you at the end of the week.
If you’re planning a trip to The Carle, be sure to check out our exhibition in our Reading Library, The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration, on view now until June 30, 2013. This wonderful exhibit of high-quality reproductions from Caldecott-winning picture books was guest curated by Barbara Elleman, founding editor of BookLinks and past Caldecott Committee member. When you visit, be sure to vote for your best-loved Caldecott winner for a chance to win a signed copy of The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkey and other prizes.