Caldecott Uncovered: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Caldecott Medal

ALSC is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, but questions abound about how the award is chosen and what goes on behind those closed doors as the Caldecott Committee deliberates. How are members chosen for the Caldecott Committee? How does the Committee decide if a book really is a picture book? Why can't the Committee consider the text of a picture book…or can it? Here is an opportunity to get answers to your questions about one of the most significant awards in the field of children's literature.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Learn about the criteria for the Caldecott Award and how these criteria are applied
  • Learn how to apply for service on the Caldecott Award Committee
  • Have the opportunity to have their questions about the Caldecott Medal addressed by an expert

Who Should Attend

Librarians and library paraprofessional and support staff in public and school libraries who would like to know more about the Caldecott Award.


Rita Auerbach chaired the 2010 Caldecott Committee (Lion and the Mouse) and served as a member of the 1990 Caldecott Committee (Lon Po Po). She currently chairs the Ezra Jack Keats Awards Committee which honors new authors and illustrators of picture books and is a member of the Bank Street Children's Books Committee and the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Committee. She has chaired ALSC's Notable Books Committee, has served a term as ALSC's Priority Consultant for the award committees, and has been a member of the Batchelder, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Award committees.  

Accessing the Webcast

As part of the Caldecott Award's 75th Anniversary ALSC is offering this webcast free of charge. This webinar is the first in a four part Caldecott series.  Become an ALSC member and save on the price of the future webinars.

Technical Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.


All inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Sutherland, ALSC program officer, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.