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Be Part of the Caldecott Read-In, Jan. 20

Posted about 1 year ago by Heather H

What is the Caldecott Read-In and why should you go? Since I’ve been with the Library, I’ve attended the event (though sadly, will miss this year’s), so I feel comfortable speaking on this topic!  

Every year, the Library hosts a Caldecott Read-in, where members of the community (ages 10 and up) are invited to be local judges, deciding on the previous year’s best children’s picture books. Judges will review more than 100 children’s picture books and as a group, vote to determine our local Caldecott Award Winners.  

For those of us who love illustration, art and books, this is a fun and lively day! There is truly a sense of camaraderie and even at times impassioned competition as each judge makes their recommendations to the group. Everyone works together to vote democratically. Plus, there’s a potluck lunch.  

Grab your friends/family and a dish to share and join us for the Caldecott Read-In on January 20, 2018! 

2015 Toledo Library Caldecott Read-In

What is the Caldecott Award

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. - Association for Library Service to Children

According to the American Library Association (ALA), the committee considers these criteria when selecting the winner:  

  • Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed
  • Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme or concept
  • Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting and mood of information through the pictures
  • Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience
  • Artist/author must be a citizen or resident of the United States

Check out our past winners:

2012 Winner
Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan
On a beautiful sunlit beach, a girl builds a magnificent sandcastle. As night falls the girl heads for home. Waves move ever closer to the castle, threatening its survival. Suddenly, in one of its windows, a light comes on…
2013 Winner
More by I.C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies
This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too much stuff? This book about friendship and conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package.
2014 Winner
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending) will have readers clapping for more!
2015 Winner
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.
2016 Winner
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, Illustrated by April Chu
Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, In a Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again.

Brush up on some of our early Caldecott Award predictions or click here to view a list of all Caldecott Award Winners.

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