Sunday, August 15, 2010

Caldecott Medal Winners

I came across a great resource for anybody interested in illustrating Children's Books.  Caldecott Medal Winning Children's Books is a Squidoo lens which contains links to ALL the books on the ALA List of Caldecott Medal winning children's picture book - from 1938 onwards

Just looking through the titles - and the pictures on the front covers - is enough to transport you back in time.

However it struck me that anybody interested in a career in illustrating children's books might well like to know about this as a resource.

Illustrations by Randolph Caldecott
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.

The website has this to say about Randolph Caldecott. 
Randolph Caldecott was one of a group of three influential children's illustrators working in England in the 19th century. The other two illustrators were Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane. His illustrations for children were unique to their time in both their humor, and their ability to create a sense of movement, vitality, and action that complemented the stories they accompanied.

The illustration on the Caldecott Medal, which is taken from Caldecott's illustrations for "The Diverting Story of John Gilpin," is a perfect example of the humor, vitality, and sense of movement found in Caldecott's work. The illustration shows John Gilpin astride a runaway horse, accompanied by squawking geese, braying dogs, and startled onlookers.
There's also a Randolph Caldecott Society in the UK

The Caldecott Medal

You can find out more about the Caldecott Medal on the ALA website as follows:

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