The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books
For more than 75 years, the Caldecott Medal has been a sign of superior artistry and creativity in children’s picture books, given to only one book every year. With so many children’s picture books published each year, how is the Caldecott Medal winning book selected? What makes picture book illustration distinguished, and how has that definition changed over time? Learn about the history of the award, how the award has transformed books over time, and how to look critically at picture book art.
This is a six-week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of April 4, 2016.
- Learn about the history, terms, and definitions of the Caldecott Medal
- Participate in book discussions
- Look at the evolving nature in children's picture books and its impact on the Caldecott selection process
- Become familiar with how the medal impacts librarians, authors, publishers and children
- Develop skills in holding mock Caldecott discussions with children and other programming ideas
- Form the skills to look at picture book art more critically
Who Should Attend
Children’s librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers.
Class size is limited to 30 students.
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How to Register
Registration is now open! Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in. You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5. Course space is limited.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts. Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee. NO phone cancellations will be accepted. Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course. ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.
If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category. For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge. If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer. All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course. Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Sutherland. Transfers may not be made once a course has started.
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A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.
If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor KT Horning.
If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.
All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Sutherland, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.