Allen Say was born in Japan, but as a U.S. resident and citizen he won the 1994 Caldecott. Helen Oxenbury is a British citizen and resident, so not eligble.
A “uniquely visual experience” can go beyond the traditional picture book. Bill Peet: An Autobiography is nearly 200 pages; The Invention of Hugo Cabret is over 500!
David Wiesner has won three Caldecott Medals (plus two Honors), but that cannot be considered in any future award discussions. The same applies to artists that have never won, such as Eric Carle or Steven Kellogg.
The Caldecott age range is wide enough to include a bedtime story suitable for toddlers ( Ten, Nine, Eight ), a multi-layered picture book that upper elementary grade children appreciate ( Black and White ), and a historical memoir that may appeal to middle schoolers ( The Wall ).
Identify the ways that artistic choices impact the narrative elements of the book.
Use the vocabulary of art elements: line, space, color, etc., to describe how the artist establishes the narrative elements.
Consider how choice of medium, style, and composition fit the story in terms of mood and themes.
Consider each illustration the point of view of narrative (“what’s happening?”) and art (“how does the artist make that happen?”)
The writing in A Visit to William Blake’s Inn was strong enough to win a Newbery Medal along with a Caldecott Honor; The poetry of Red Sings from Treetops is seamlessly intertwined with the illustrations. But in both cases, the Caldecott committee had to focus on the illustrations.
Harriet Tubman may seem like a much more inspiring role model than David, but the Caldecott is for artistic excellence, not for lessons or teaching potential.
A snapshot look at one library’s circulation in March 2010 shows that Caldecott recognition doesn’t necessarily equal popularity; the criteria make it clear that this doesn’t matter.
Mock Caldecott Criteria Power Point
Mock Caldecott Workshop Exploring the Caldecott Criteria
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ The Medal shall be awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children…” </li></ul>
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ A ‘picture book for children’ as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience.” </li></ul>
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ The committee in its deliberations is to consider only books eligible for the award…” </li></ul>
1992 Caldecott Medal 2002 Caldecott Medal 2007 Caldecott Medal
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen and picture books for this entire age range are to be considered…” </li></ul>
1984 Caldecott Honor 1991 Caldecott Medal 2008 Caldecott Honor
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ In identifying a ‘distinguished American picture book for children,’…committee members need to consider… delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood, or information through the pictures.” </li></ul>
Narrative Elements Character Theme Plot Setting
Elements of Art Color Space Line Shape / Texture
Medium, Style, and Composition Style Composition Medium
Plot / Space Character / Line Setting / Texture + Medium Theme / Color Elements of Narrative and Art
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ The committee is to make its decision primarily on the illustration, but other components of a book are to be considered especially when they make a book less effective as a children’s picture book.” </li></ul>
Caldecott Terms and Criteria <ul><li>Consider how Art and Narrative work together to create a distinguished picture book, as defined in the criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A picture book has a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised.” </li></ul>