Randolph Caldecott Medal

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About the 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.

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1977 Winner(s)

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, written by Margaret Musgrove, and published by Dial

In Ashanti to Zulu, their extraordinary paintings illuminate the brief text, a description alphabetically arranged, of some of the tribes of Africa.  The illustrations depict sources of African pride--the home, the family, and traditional artifacts.

1977 Honor(s)

The Amazing Bone

by William Steig, and published by Farrar

The Amazing Bone is a fresh picture book about the adventures of a pig and her new found friend, a talking bone.  Delicate color adds to the humor and sprightly joy of this tale.

The Contest

illustrated and retold by Nonny Hogrogian, and published by Greenwillow

The Contest is a humorous story of a contest between two robbers, who are betrothed to the same woman.  The illustrations are bordered with designs as rich and intricate as oriental carpets.

Fish for Supper

by M. B. Goffstein, and published by Dial

With the utmost economy of line and text, Fish for Supper takes young readers through the events of one day in the life of a child's grandmother.

The Golem: A Jewish Legend

by Beverly Brodsky McDermott, and published by Lippincott

The Golem is a retelling of a powerful  story from Hebrew literature.  The art work, which is equally powerful, is based on careful research and executed with great talent.

Hawk, I'm Your Brother

illustrated by Peter Parnall, written by Byrd Baylor, and published by Scribner

Hawk, I'm Your Brother is a poetic story, enhanced by fine drawings, of a boy who through his relationship with a hawk, learns the meaning of freedom.