75 Years of the Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal has been awarded by the American Library Association since 1938 to the artist of the most distinguished picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. The 75th anniversary logo was created by Brian Selznick.

First Caldecott Medal

The first Caldecott Medal was awarded to Dorothy P. Lathrop for the black-and-white lithographs she created for "Animals of the Bible" by Helen Dean Fish.

Outline of Terms

Many of the eligibility terms for the Caldecott Medal were taken from the well-established Newbery Medal with one major exception...

Acceptance Speeches

According to a long tradition, Caldecott winners deliver an acceptance speech at an awards banquet held at the Annual Conference each summer.

Notifying Winners

Today Caldecott winners receive an early-morning phone call, but in the early years, they learned the news by receiving a letter from the committee chair. They responded in kind.

Banquet Ticket

The price of the Newbery Caldecott banquet in 1950 was $5.00

Cusi Meets Johnny

The main characters of the 1953 Newbery and Caldecott winners were featured on the banquet program.

A Medal for Madeline

Ludwig Bemelmans accepts the 1954 Caldecott Medal for "Madeline's Rescue" from chair Virginia Haviland.

Time of Wonder

Until 1958 an artist could not be awarded more than one Caldecott Medal unless the committee's vote was unanimous. In his letter responding to the news, Robert McCloskey expresses his surprise at winning the award a second time.

A Many Tiered Toast

Marie Hall Ets, Caldecott winner for "Nine Days to Christmas," is almost lost in the crowd in this photo of the head table at the awards banquet in 1960. She's in the second row, second from the left in the white dress

Frederic Melcher

Frederic Melcher, the founder of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, attended every banquet until his death in 1963. Here he poses at the last banquet he attended with the 1962 winners, Marcia Browne and Elizabeth George Speare.

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