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.  



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How to Register

If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the webcast; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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