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Happy Birthday, Mr. Caldecott! March 15, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, E, J is for Juvenile, Picture Books, spring.
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Who doesn’t love the Caldecott medal? Celebrating the best in illustrated books for children, recent winners include David Wiesner’s Flotsam, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmer. 

But what do you know about Randolph Caldecott? According to the website of the Randolph Caldecott Society (UK), Mr. Caldecott (1846-1886) “transformed the world of children’s books in the Victorian era. Children eagerly awaited the two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, which came out each Christmas for eight years.”

On March 22, why not clear away the basketball books for a few days and put up a display of the books that have won the honor named for the guy who first created affordable books for children.

Caldecott winners, 1938 – Present

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