Now that I'm older, I decided it was time that I researched the history and meaning of these awards. I was surprised at what I found:
The Caldecott Medal
This medal recognizes distinguished children's picture books, and the award is given to the illustrator of the book. The medal is named after Randolph Caldecott, a nineteenth-century award winning illustrator. Books bearing the Caldecott medal have wonderful illustrations as well as story lines. Below is a website with a list of all the Caldecott medal books since 1938.
The Newbery Medal
The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award has been given since 1922, and it was the first children's literary award in the world!
Here are some criteria for receiving the Newbery Medal:
- The book must be considered for its theme, presentation (clarity, accuracy and organization), plot, characters, setting, and style.
- The book must relate to a child audience.
- The book must contribute to literature.
- The book must stand alone and not as a part of a multimedia presentation.
Check out these recent award winning books!