Caldecott Academy—Online Opportunities

ALSC offered numerous online opportunities for those who wanted to learn more about Caldecott, illustrators, and children's book art. 


Caldecott 75 Blog Notes

Those who were interested could stay on top of celebration news and join the conversation at ALSC's Caldecott anniversary blog spot.

Facebook Forums with Caldecott-Winning Authors

Throughout 2012-13, ALSC hosted special Facebook Forums with winners of past Caldecott Medals! These events were open to the public and individuals were able to participate at ALSC's Facebook page.
This six-week course taught by Kathleen T. Horning was designed to provide librarians (and other interested adults) with a deeper understanding the Caldecott Medal. In addition to looking at the history of the award itself and how the winners are selected, participants also learned about the artistic elements behind the books that have been named “most distinguished” over the years, and learned to identify media, style, visual elements, and the basics of composition. 


As a special benefit to members for this celebration, four webinars were offered free to ALSC members.  Although the webinars have already taken place, they are now available as webcasts (webinar recordings).   

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. Instructor: Rita Auerbach 
Together we'll take a closer look Caldecott Medal winning and honor books and explore various techniques for bringing books and children together through classroom and library programming. Instructor: Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo City Library
This presentation focuses on the 10 principles for illustrating a great picture book.  Following each principle there will be illustrations of images from children’s books to illuminate the principle.  The artists featured include David Wiesner – winner of 3 gold Caldecott medals to Betsy Lewin the illustrator of the wildly successful “Click Clack Moo” series to a more recent Caldecott winner Brian Selznick creator of Hugo Cabret, now an Oscar winning motion picture. Instructor: Dilys Evans

Get to Know the Caldecott Winners
Join this curated documentary with ALSC Past President and Caldecott expert Kathleen Horning as she shares stories about some of the winning books and illustrators while we watch and listen to a handful of films and audio interviews with the winning illustrators, created by Executive Director Nick Glass. Attendees will learn about these amazing illustrators and have a new context to teach, discuss, and enjoy these distinguished books. Instructors: Kathleen T. Horning and Nick Glass