Why is it called the Caldecott?
• Randolph Caldecott was
an illustrator in England in
• The illustration on the
medal is taken from his
illustrations in the book The
Diverting Story of John
The Caldecott Medal
• Given to an illustrator of children's picture books
• Winners announced in January for books
published the year before
• Book may only be considered once
• Artist must be a resident of the United States
Selecting the Winner…
• A committee of 15 people,
who are members of the
Association, picks the winner
of the Caldecott Medal
• Each book is to be
considered a picture book.
The committee looks at the
illustrations and other parts
of the books too.
• The members of the committee read each book
and study the pictures. They talk about the
illustrations in the book.
– Are they interesting?
– Do they stand out from other picture books?
– Are illustrations colorful and eye catching?
– Do illustrations help tell the story?
– Are the illustrations good for a child audience?
• The illustrators that create the Caldecott
books use many different mediums
• Some will use paint and others will use
• Others have used non-traditional methods
to illustrate their books like woodcuts or
Tony DiTerlizzi illustrated 2003 Caldecott Honor Book
The Spider and the Fly.
He used computers to help give his
illustrations an eerie ghost like effect.
Now you’ll have a chance to
look at some of these award
winners up close.