The Association for Library Service to Children gives this award to the most distinguished picture book for children.
It was named after Randoplh Caldecott who was a nineteenth-century Illustrator. The award itself displays an illustration of his from The diverting story of John Gilpin.
The Medal shall be awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in English in the United States during the preceding year. There are no limitations as to the character of the picture book except that the illustrations be original work. Honor Books may be named. These shall be books that are also truly distinguished.
The Award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of the United States.
The committee in its deliberations is to consider only the books eligible for the award as specified in terms.
4 Some Definitions(as defined by the ALA)
Picture Book for Children it is distinguished from other books with illustrations because it provides the child with a visual experience while displaying respect for childrens understandings abilities and appreciations. A childrens book is suitable for children age fourteen and under. The illustrations develop the story-line theme and or concept.
Distinguished Noted for significant achievement marked be excellence in quality marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence and is individually distinct.
Artist is the illustrator or co-illustrator and the artist can be awarded the medal posthumously
4. Original Work Must not be reprinted or compiled from other sources.
5. American Picture Book in the United States Must be published in the United States.
Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed
Excellence of pictorial interpretation of the story theme or concept of appropriateness of style of illustration to the story theme or concept of delineation of plot theme characters setting mood or information through the pictures.
7 2005 Honor Books
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis written by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnams Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group)
Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems (Hyperion books for Children)
8 The Red Book
A wordless book that tells the story of a city girl and a boy that lives on an island. They both find a red book and view each other threw them.
9 The Artistic Technique
Water Color gouache and ink.
Heavy black outlines
Large white frames
Gives sense of looking through something
10 Interesting technique
The girl is looking out the window of her class room
The adjacent page shows images of her location in the city in a sequential order zooming in. But it also gives the reader a feeling of looking through a paneled window just as the girl is doing.
The illustrations tell the story without needed words
Illustrations show power of maps books discovery
Last illustrations provides reader with a feeling of mystery and wonder
11 My Analyzes
The style used could be expressionistic or cartoon style.
The illustrations are simple colorful and outlined in black they are a pleasant comparison to the mystery present in the book.
Double page spread helps reader with sense of motion
The white frame give reader a sense of looking through at something more distant
The Books overall design is almost identical to the book in the story thus providing the reader their own sense of mystery and power
Because of the design of the book it needs no title it would be redundant
12 Coming On Home Soon
A story of a girl longing for her mother to return. While anticipating the return the Grandmother reassures and cares for the young girl.
13 The Artistic Technique
Watercolor on Arches paper
Full page images and smaller simpler images aiding text on other-wise blank page.
Special attention to light sources
14 Interesting Technique
Images of the mother reassure the reader that she is okay
The light shows hope and also helps to show the setting and mood of the story
Daughters emotions are readable and relatable
The artist style displays the time period well
Hazy illustrations and poetic style writing complement each other
Last illustration satisfies the reader without the use of words
15 My Analyzes
Impressionistic style-light sources
Style conveys the setting and the of the story
The light shows hope
The pictures of the mother are reassuring
16 Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale
A story of a young girl who helps her dad with a chore. Ends up losing then finding and gaining something important.
17 The Artistic Technique
Ink sketches over photography
Olive green background
Comic style narration
18 Interesting Technique
Combination of different mediums-clean clear photos and rough cartoon sketches
Almost jagged edges of cartoon-like drawings
Heavy black outlines
Combination of dialog use in text and in the media
Misunderstanding is clearly shown through Trixies change and actions.
The story could be told without the text.
The use of the illustrations in relation to backdrop and page.
19 My Analyzes
Background photos show the adult world while the cartoons display the chaos and energy of a young child
The way the characters walk of picture gives the reader a sense of movement
The jagged edges of the characters displays the energy of the story
20 The 2005 Caldecott Winner 21 Kittens First Full Moon
Illustrated and written by
22 The Artistic Technique
Gouache and colored pencil
boldly outlined organic shapes and shades of black white and gray with rose undertones on a creamy paper (ALA)
23 Interesting Technique
Combination of full page illustrations single illustrations and comic book style
24 My Analyzes
Illustrations display the full moon setting and the way the light falls during a full moon
Circle motif connecting the kittens eyes and the full moon
The un-crossable distance between the kitten and the moon
Simplicity of art represents the simplicity of the mistake
25 What Kevin Henkes had to say
From the very beginning I pictured the book with black-and-white illustrations bold sans serif type a square trim size and soft creamy paper I thought that by keeping everything as simple and spare as possible a better a tighter more complete book result. I like the idea of having a white moon a white cat and a white bowl of milk surrounded by the black night.
I drew with a brush- a technique Id never used before in any of my books.
26 Taking a closer Look at Kittens First Full Moon
Kittens emotions are recognizable
The moon waits on the next page
Aiding illustration stripes with text
Simple illustrations to aid the simple text storyline and misunderstanding
Displays the light of the moon
Inside cover pages set up circle motif
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