Like many of us, as a young professional I was fascinated by stories from members of Caldecott committees. What was it like to be part of those secret, important deliberations? How delicious was it to hug the knowledge of the winner close for hours before anyone else found out?
The Caldecott Award is ALSC’s second-oldest award. (The Newbery is the grande dame by 16 years.) Anyone or anything that has thrived for 75 years deserves a celebration — and we’re having a year of Caldecott-related activities to celebrate!
The anniversary web page is already up at http://www.ala.org/alsc/Caldecott75. Visit to see the clever anniversary logo created by Brain Selznick, and a list of happenings that will be updated as new events are planned.
You may want to enroll in this summer’s excellent online course, The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books, taught by ALSC past president and children’s literature sage K.T. Horning. It will be well worth your time.
You will also want to join ALSC in Indianapolis in September for the ALSC Institute, at which the Caldecott anniversary celebrations officially kick off with Breakfast for Bill, an event featuring past Caldecott Award winners and honorees Denise Fleming, Kevin Henkes and Eric Rohmann.
The culmination of the year’s celebrations will be at the 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. President-elect Carolyn Brodie is busy with preparations for a Caldecott-related pre-conference. Other programming will tie into the Caldecott, and the Newbery-Caldecott banquet should be an especially gala occasion!
I hope that each of you who want and work towards service on a Caldecott committee are able to fulfill that dream, as I was lucky to do in 2007. In the meantime, expand your knowledge about picture book art and join the Caldecott party this coming year!