Events - Caldecott 75th Anniversary

Thank you to everyone who developed and participated in the many wonderful events during the anniversary. Some highlights included:

ALSC National Institute

Breakfast for Bill
September 20-22, 2012 | Indianapolis IN
The Caldecott Celebration kicked-off at the Institute's “Breakfast for Bill” program on Friday morning.  A panel discussion featured past Caldecott Award winners and honorees Denise Fleming, Kevin Henkes and Eric Rohmann, as well as the director of the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books, Ben Sapp.  Read all about it on the ALSC blog.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Play, Pretend, and Dream: Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010–2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013–Sunday, December 1, 2013 | Chicago, IL
This family exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott award by showcasing the magical world of children’s books with an illustration from each of the 16 books that have won the distinguished medal or honor award over the past four years. It was part of the 2013 ALSC Preconference (see below), but is open until December to visitors at the Art Institute of Chicago.

2013 ALA Annual Conference | Chicago, IL

A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal 

Friday, June 28, 2013  
This stimulating preconference held at the Art Institute of Chicago took participants on a wild ride through the past, present and future of award-winning children’s book art.  A sold-out audience heard about the creative process from an array of Caldecott winners, as well as editors, art directors, and production managers, and engage in small focus groups and interactive, critical discussions.  Read all about it on the ALSC blog.  

Education Programs

Calde-Totts: Creating and Using Caldecott Books for Young Children
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The program focused on Caldecott Medal and Honor books appropriate for babies and preschoolers. Caldecott Medalists Chris Raschka, Eric Rohmann, and Beth Krommes discussed the joys and challenges of creating books for younger children. Megan Lambert of Simmons College discussed using books with the very young. 
Archives Alive: Caldecott at 75!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Curators from children’s literature collections across the country presented digitized images of original works from Caldecott Award-winning illustrators, as well as Honor recipients, along with anecdotal information about how the holdings wound up with each collection. 

Caldecott Anniversary Red Carpet at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

A non-ticketed reception celebrating the anniversary was held before the doors opened to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet.  Read about it at the ALSC Blog (in many posts - July 1-July 29) and see the red carpet interviews with Caldecott-winning illustrators and others at the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Edition of Jim Averbeck Presents the Kid Lit Red Carpet.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: Think with Your Eyes!

Our year-long Caldecott celebration concluded on Monday, July 1 at the ALSC President’s Program in Chicago, where attendees experienced a powerful method of engaging with pictures—and then explored the value of using the technique with children. Oren Slozberg, Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), invited audience participation as he introduced the process, proven to be highly effective in public libraries and schools in developing observation skills, critical thinking, and civil discourse. Following that, library and museum partners demonstrated how collaboration adds up to more than the sum of its parts in supporting visual literacy. 
A short video presentation was prepared for the program.  Program chair Wendy Lukehart couldn’t resist pondering what Randolph Caldecott might think of Visual Thinking Strategies and STEAM learning—elements of the program, as well as the twelve-month ALSC party in his honor. Of course all we have are his letters, sketches, art, and picture books to assuage inquiring minds. They offer some illumination if you look closely...