The Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary

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Celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal 1938-2013


During 2012-13, ALSC and children's picturebook lovers everywhere celebrated 75 years of the Caldecott Award and distinguished picturebooks! Many special Caldecott-related events and activities took place over the anniversary year--in person, online, and in print. We hope you were able to participate. Ready to revisit those special moments? Check out...

ALSC blog 
KidLit Red Carpet Interviews  (at the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet, June 30, 2013)


Staff photo featuring t-shirts

Commemorative mugs, tote bags and T-shirts featuring the wonderful anniversary logo created by Brian Selznick were available for purchase by ALSC members during the year-long celebration. (This merchandise is no longer available for purchase.)


The "75 Years of the Caldecott Medal" scrapbook captured rarely seen moments and memorabilia from Caldecott history.

Caldecott Academy—Online Opportunities


Caldecott celebration events were held during the ALSC National Institute in Indianapolis, September 2012, and at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 2013.

Anniversary Logo 

Brian Selznick, 2008 Caldecott Medal winner, created a special 75th anniversary logo.   


Small image of Caldecott bookmarkDownload our beautifully-designed Caldecott anniversary bookmarks free-of-charge. The bookmark features the anniversary logo illustrated by Brian Selznick and clues to five characters, from past Caldecott Medal-winning books, who appear on the logo.



Spring 2013 CAL cover image - featuring the 75th anniversary logo designed by Brian SelznickChildren and Libraries

The Spring 2013 (Vol. 11, no. 1) issue of ALSC's journal, Children and Libraries, was dedicated to the Caldecott Award. It includes interviews with past winners (Wiesner and Selznick); articles about Randolph Caldecott himself, one editor's behind-the-scenes perspective of picturebook creation, banquet night reminiscences and photos, childhood photos of Caldecott winners, and much more. 


Screen shot from Teaching Books

Recordings, movies, book trailers, lesson plans, and more than 1,500 online resources for ALSC's Caldecott Medal-winning books were available for a limited time at A 75th Anniversary Caldecott video montage presented by is available on YouTube:


Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit - cover imageNewbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit

Election programs are a fun, interactive way to enhance children's listening and discussion skills; encourage kids to read; teach book examination skills; foster an appreciation of fine art and literature; stimulate interest in book awards; and much more!  Whether your election focuses on 2012 titles or the entire body of Caldecott winners, involving children (and adults!) in the voting process is an exciting, informative, hands-on experience. The Mock Elections Tool Kit contains everything you need to plan and execute a gold-medal Caldecott election program!