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The Caldecott Experience

August 16, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Adrienne Furness began reading books that were Caldecott Medal Award winners when she was in preschool. She first dreamed of serving on the Caldecott selection committee in her early twenties while attending college. She was lucky enough to be selected in 2015. Adrienne reports that it was a moving experience exceeding all her expectations. The people and the books she worked with made it a positive experience.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given to an American illustrator for the most distinguished art in picture books for the year. There is a guideline manual for the judges on the committee to facilitate their decisions. The Caldecott Award ensures that the winner’s book will stay in print forever and receive much attention. Dan Santat, illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend, won the 2015 Caldecott Medal. In Adrienne’s copy of the winning book, Santat wrote “Thank you for changing my life.”

We hope you’ll stop in and enjoy viewing some of the past Caldecott Medal Award books exhibited in our display case this month.


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