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Randolph Caldecott Medal 2017


Randolph Caldecott Medal 2017

The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. During 2013, children's picturebook lovers everywhere celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award.

- The winner for the Randolph Caldecott Medal is RADIANT CHILD: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

- Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: LEAVE ME ALONE! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol; FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; DU IZ TAK? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; and THEY ALL SAW A CAT illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe - Picture Book

October 25, 2016

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean to be beautiful.

Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol - Picture Book

September 13, 2016

One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal --- knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

Freedom in Congo Square Written by Carole Boston Weatherford with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie - Picture Book

January 5, 2016

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis - Picture Book

October 18, 2016

Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down --- booby voobeck! --- only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su!

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel - Picture Book

August 30, 2016

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?