Caldecott 75th Anniversary logo


2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick has cleverly brought together characters from past Caldecott Medal-winning books -- beginning with the very first in 1938 and spanning all the way to the 21st century -- in this logo that he created especially for the 75th Anniversary celebration.  Can you name them all?

1. Which character in the logo represents the oldest Caldecott award winning title?  -- The dove with the olive branch, 1938 Medal winner, Animals of the Bible, by Dorothy P. Lathrop.

2. What characters in the logo represent the official children’s book of the state of Massachusetts? -- The ducks from Make Way for Ducklings, 1942 Medal Winner, by Robert McCloskey.

3. Which character on the logo is in need of a rescue? -- Madeline from Madeline's Rescue, 1954 Medal Winner, by Ludwig Bemelmans.

4. Which character on the logo represents a fable told during the Middle Ages? -- Chanticleer the rooster, 1959 Medal Winner, Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney.

5. Which character on the logo was inspired by a photo from LIFE magazine? -- Peter from The Snowy Day, 1963 Medal Winner, by Ezra Jack Keats.

6. Which character on the logo is portrayed as both defeated and defiant in the final hour? -- Max from Where the Wild Things Are, 1964 Medal Winner, by Maurice Sendak

7. Which character on the logo was created by an illustrator duo who won back-to-back Caldecott medals? -- The mosquito from Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, 1976 Medal Winner, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)

8. Which character on the logo was inspired from family home movie in which a pet’s naughty behavior goes unnoticed by its owner? -- Gloria the dog from Officer Buckle and Gloria, 1996 Medal Winner, by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)

9. Which character on the logo was stylistically inspired by a Newbery and a Newberry? -- Kitten from Kitten's First Full Moon, 2005 Medal Winner, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)

10. Which character on the logo originated on screen, became a book illustration, and subsequently returned to film? -- The rocket in the eye of the man in the moon from The Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2008 Medal Winner, by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)

Thank you to Brian for this wonderful homage to the Caldecott Medal, and to the illustrators and estates of the depicted characters for allowing Brian to bring them together!

* The Caldecott 75th Anniversary illustration and logo copyright © 2012 by Brian Selznick. The logo may not be reproduced or used in any form without the permission of the American Library Association.