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.

1938-06-14 00:00:00

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.

1941-01-01 00:00:00

Outline of Terms

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

1942-06-23 00:00:00

Acceptance Speeches

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

1944-04-15 00:00:00

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.

1950-07-15 00:00:00

Banquet Ticket

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

1953-06-23 00:00:00

Cusi Meets Johnny

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

1954-06-22 00:00:00

A Medal for Madeline

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

1958-02-06 00:00:00

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.

1960-06-21 00:00:00

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

1962-06-26 04:43:26

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.

1968-06-25 04:43:26

John Gilpin's Ride

Everyone at the 1968 awards banquet received this limited edition print by Caldecott winner Ed Emberley, showing his interpretation of Randolph Caldecott's famous illustration of John Gilpin's Ride.

1971-06-22 04:43:26

A Speech, A Speech

Weston Woods has traditionally given a limited edition recording of the acceptance speeches to everyone who attends the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. Gail Haley's 1971 speech for "A Story, A Story" was produced on a flexi-disc, and is the earliest known "gift" recording. Today's guests receive the speech on CD.

1974-06-25 04:43:26

A Family Affair

Margo Zemach celebrates her Caldecott win with her four daughters at the 1974 awards banquet

1979-06-26 04:43:26

A Caldecott Honor

Caldecott honoree Donald Crews signs an autograph for a young fan as his editor, Susan Hirschman, looks on

1980-06-24 04:43:26

Newbery-Caldecott Split

Barbara Cooney was the last artist to be awarded the Caldecott from a joint Newbery-Caldecott Committee. The following year Newbery and Caldecott were split into two separate committees.

1988-06-28 04:43:26

The 50th Caldecott Committee

Members of the 1988 Caldecott Committee pose with their winning book, "Hey Al," illustrated by Richard Egielski

1990-06-26 04:43:26

A Quiet Moment

Ed Young pauses for a photo before heading into the ballroom to accept the 1990 Caldecott Medal for "Lon Po Po."

1995-06-27 04:43:26

All in the Family

Frederic Melcher's great-granddaughter reads the 1995 Caldecott winner, "Smoky Night," illustrated by David Diaz.

1998-06-29 04:43:26

A Towering Program

The banquet program for the 60th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal was strikingly illustrated by medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, who won the award for "Rapunzel."

2006-06-26 00:00:00

Two-Man Band

Author Norton Juster joined Caldecott winner Chris Raschka onstage to play a tune for the audience at the awards banquet.

75 Years of the Caldecott Medal

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