Awards & Scholarships, Blogger Dan Bostrom, Caldecott 75th Anniversary

Holiday Gift Idea: #caldecott75 Merchandise!

Looking for some holiday gifts? Commemorative mugs, tote bags and T-shirts for the Caldecott 75th Anniversary celebration featuring the wonderful anniversary logo created by Brian Selznick are available for purchase by *ALSC members while supplies last! The Caldecott 75th Anniversary logo playfully gathers Caldecott characters from across the decades and now can be yours for all time! Please fill out the ORDER FORM with the items you would like to purchase. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card. We will notify you if we are out of a product/size you would like to order. ALL SALES FINAL. Vintage Grey T-Shirt/Large Logo: $14.00 S, M, L, XL, 2-XL, 3-XL, 4-XL White T-Shirt/Large Logo: $14.00 S, M, L, XL, 2-XL, 3-XL, 4-XL White T-Shirt/Corner Logo: $14.00 S, M, L, XL, 2-XL, 3-XL, 4-XL Women/Tween Fitted T-Shirt: $14.00 S, M, L, XL (sizes run small) Kids White T-Shirt: $12.00 S, M,…

Caldecott 75th Anniversary

Caldecott 75th Anniversary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The 75th anniversary of the Caldecott medal has been an incredible year-long celebration.  The events and activities that took place this past year stemmed from the award’s rich history.  All of these treasures have been archived and refreshed for your convenience on the Caldecott 75th Anniversary webpage. Here’s a top ten list of the gems you’ll find there. 10. Say What?! From Facebook Forums with Caldecott artists to KidLit Red Carpet interviews, ALSC got the scoop!  There was a lot of chatter on the ALSC Blog and on Twitter with #caldecott75 and #ncbanquet. 9. The Way We Were The Caldecott Anniversary Scrapbook is your ticket to a visual history of the honored award. The scrapbook’s timeline format highlights decades of Caldecott ceremony and celebration. 8. Embarrassment of Riches Look no further than the Spring 2013 edition of Children and Libraries, TeachingBook.net, or the Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit for everything…

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Red Carpet Extras

KidLit on the Red Carpet By now you’ve heard all about the outfits, activities, and refreshments that were part of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Red Carpet event that took place before the 2013 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet at ALA Annual in Chicago.  But you haven’t heard from the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder winners themselves and now you can! Authors Jim Averbeck, Betsy Bird, and Kristin Clark interviewed children’s literature heavyweights during the Red Carpet event. Pop some popcorn, mix up a Caldecocktail, and sit back and enjoy these enchanting interviews.  Find out how Caldecott winner Jon Klassen hopes to live up to the award he’s been given.  Discover what book makes Wilder winner Katherine Paterson’s grandchildren bloodthirsty.  Learn how giggling librarians were almost convinced to take back Peter Brown’s Caldecott honor. All this and MORE on Jim Averbeck’s KidLit on the Red Carpet blog! Caldecott 75th Anniversary Logo Merchandise Merchandise featuring the fabulous anniversary logo…

ALA Annual 2013, Awards & Scholarships, Blogger Angela Reynolds, Caldecott 75th Anniversary, Slice of Life

My Wild Ride with Caldecott in Chicago

I was one of the very fortunate Friends of ALSC scholarship winners to “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal” preconference at the Art Institute of Chicago. I feel very blessed to have attended this event, especially as I am going to be on the 2015 Caldecott Committee. I feel pretty blessed to be on that as well, but back to the preconference. Art. A whole day devoted to art, and not just any art, but picture-book art in particular!  I think I can say with confidence that most children’s librarians would be pretty excited to be in the same room with 12 Caldecott artists and a whole room full of people who love children’s books. Love them to tears, in fact. Maurice Sendak said that he did not write books for children. Yet his books delighted generations of young people, and adults as well. If Brian Selznick is…

ALA Annual 2013, Caldecott 75th Anniversary

Red Carpet Memories

The Red Carpet event hosted by the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Task Force prior to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet was an occasion to remember! This non-ticketed event was open to attendees of the 2013 ALA Annual conference in Chicago. Upon arriving on the Red Carpet scene, guests were greeted in high style by Task Force members in ballgown and top hat.  From there, Red Carpet attendees had the opportunity to enjoy a gold or silver Caldecocktail, pose for a Randolph Caldecott-inspired photo, shop for ALSC merchandise featuring the Caldecott 75th Anniversary logo, or play a round of Banquet Bingo.         Banquet Bingo boards featured Banquet Bingo Trivia that challenged players to think about winning titles, historical banquet moments, and other anniversary facts.  Guests could play online or in person for a chance to win 5 Caldecott medal-winning titles.   Susan L. Smith, Assistant Library Director at Hodges University in Naples, FL…

ALA Annual 2013, Blogger Abby Johnson, Caldecott 75th Anniversary, Live Blogging

Our Oscars at #ala2013

I’m sure several posts will bout appearing on this blog about the Newbery/Caldecott banquet and speeches. They’re sure to have affected many people in many ways. Last night was my first time going to the speeches and it was an amazing night. I didn’t go to the banquet, but came to sit in the back at 8:00, and the first thing that struck me was how HUGE and PACKED the room was! There where over 100 tables and then several sections of seats in the back, plus people standing or sitting on the floor. Sitting there, applauding madly for the medal and honor winner with so many people who love books and children as much as I do, was an emotionally overwhelmingly experience. John Klassen, Katherine Appplegate, and Katherine Paterson each gave talks that were funny and touching and reiterated that what we do as librarians is so important. Not…

ALA Annual 2013, Blogger Kiera Parrott, Caldecott 75th Anniversary, Live Blogging

A Wild Ride at the ALSC Preconference #ala2013

If you’re feeling a bit numb this morning, it may be because I used up ALL THE FEELINGS at yesterday’s ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. There was so much picture book love, author and illustrator appreciations, insights into the production and editorial process, and simply great conversations with fellow picture book nerds. I could spend pages gushing, but I’ll share just a few of the highlights for me: Brian Selznick killed it in his opening keynote. He started off by donning the dashing and be-dazzled shirt that he wore for his Caldecott acceptance speech. He joked about being often mistaken for Paul O. Zelinsky (a running joke that Paul later carried into his own hilarious closing speech,) and gave a well-researched and thoughtful overview on the history of both Randolph Caldecott and the medal named in his honor. Finally, Brian moved the entire audience…