Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and is intended to create more abundant and joyful life in pictures for children. It is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the year, and shall be awarded to the artist whether or not he be author of the text.


Year Began: 1937

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Frequency: Annual

A medal. The face shows John Gilpin on his famous ride. On the reverse, surrounded by the inscription and with a place for the name of the recipient and the year of the award, is a picture of the "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie" and a butler presenting the "dish before the king." - - Bulletin of the American Library Association, Vol. 32, no.1, p.23.

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