Submission Process for Randolph Caldecott Medal

How to submit books for consideration for the Caldecott Medal:

  • Review the terms and criteria for the award. 
  • Mail one copy of the book to the ALSC office (ATTN: Caldecott Submission, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611-2795).
  • Mail one copy of the book to the award committee chair. Please e-mail alscawards@ala.org for address information.
  • There is not a submission form to fill out, but If you wish, you may attach a cover letter with your contact information to your final work.
  • There is not an entry fee.
  • ALSC membership is not a requirement to submit your work.

Please note:

The ALSC office requests that one copy of your submission be sent to the ALSC office and one copy to the committee chair. Standards are in place for the committee members to review and share submissions. If you are submitting for multiple awards, only one copy needs to be sent to the ALSC office.

Neither the ALSC office nor the committee chair can confirm receipt of submissions. If you would like to confirm delivery receipt of your submission please use a tracking number for your package. Submissions that are dropped off in-person to the ALSC office will not be accepted.

The ALSC office cannot answer eligibility questions or advise on which award your submission is eligible for consideration. It is up to you to review the terms and criteria and if you feel you qualify, submit as appropriate. Eligibility is determined by the committee and is confidential.

The book and media awards are announced each year at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in January. The materials received by the ALSC office throughout the year will be used for ALSC’s Bookapalooza Program. The Bookapalooza Program selects three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of these materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.

Deadline for submitting books is December 31 of the publication year. The medalist and honor book recipients are announced at the youth media awards press conference during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in late January.

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