Ten, Nine, Eight…Caldecott Countdown

Celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott!The year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott medal will culminate at the ALA Annual Conference.  The next few ALSC blog posts from the Caldecott 75th Task Force will highlight special activities taking place in Chicago, but first we’ll take one last look at how you can celebrate the 75th anniversary in your neck of the woods.

The Youth Services staff at the Johnson County (KS) Library brainstormed ideas for Caldecott Puzzleinteractive Caldecott related activities to share with their patrons.  A display was set up in all 13 libraries, rotating the activities in and out between locations.  Children can play Caldecott Bingo, match Snowflake Bentley snowflakes, take “Flotsam” photos, play Caldecott Trivia, guess and sort the Caldecott artwork, create a “Where the Wild Horses Are” mini book (explanation in the photo below), play a Caldecott memory matching game, and work on a Caldecott Anniversary  puzzle. The Youth Services staff created bookmarks, stickers, where the wild horses arebrochures and a puzzle using the Caldecott 75th logo (with ALSC permission, of course).  One library even offered a Caldecott Mash Up during spring break! Lastly, the Johnson County Library web team created a special page that featured a countdown clock ticking off the minutes before the announcement of the 2013 Caldecott winners in January.

There is still time on the clock for you to create your own Caldecott 75th AnniversaryTen, Nine, Eight celebration.  If you need some multimedia inspiration, check out the Caldecott Medal Resources from TeachingBooks.net.  Perhaps you’ll find an online treasure to share during a storytime or include in a display.  A host of rich multimedia experiences await, including Meet -the- Author movies, audio name pronunciation, book readings, and more!

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