Art Media in the Caldecott Medal Books

Q. Using several sources, both print and online, I've tracked down the type of art media used in many of the Caldecott Medal-winning books, but I haven't been able to find some of the older ones, so my list is not complete. Can ALA help with this? I just want the art media for the Caldecott winners, not the honor books, if that helps.

 A. ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA), which is responsible for the Caldecott Medal and also the Newbery Medal, publishes a book every year which lists the winning titles, The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books. Starting with the 1991 edition of the book, an article by Christine Behrmann with the art media information for each Caldecott title, winners and honors, entitled, "The Media Used in Caldecott Picture Books: Notes toward a Definitive List," which originally appeared in the Winter 1988 issue of then ALSC official publication, the Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, was reprinted every year in the back of the book, "with changes," updates and any needed corrections to keep the list up-to-date and accurate. At the time, Christine Behrmann was Children's Materials Specialist, Office of Children's Services, New York Public Library.

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: 2008 Edition was the last to reprint an updated version of Behrmann's original article. Starting with the 2009 edition, the art media information now appears as part of the entry for the book entry itself.

For an entire list of the ALA and Horn Book publications with biographical sketches of the Newbery and Caldecott winning authors and illustrators as well as the text of both the Newbery and Caldecott Medal acceptance speeches, see the Newbery and Caldecott Medal section of the Media Awards Acceptance Speeches.

For a brief history of both the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, see Media Awards.

More detailed information is available in various publications; see the list at the WorldCat.org library catalog, Books with more information on ALA's literary awards and reading lists.

For details on the upcoming announcement of the 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners and honor books, see the ALA Youth Media Awards page at http://www.ala.org/yma: 2011 ALA Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Jan. 10, 2011, 7:45 a.m. PST.

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