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The Caldecott Medal marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In a year-long series of articles, librarian and children’s literature historian K. T. Horning looked at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, wrestling with issues and definitions.

We’ve collected original Horn Book reviews, interviews, illustrator profiles, and other archival materials to accompany each of K. T.’s articles. Click on a link below to see extras for an individual article, or click on the tag Caldecott at 75 to see all of our anniversary celebration content.

“Mei Li and the Making of a Picture Book” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1938-1939
  • “The Story of Mei Li” by Thomas Handforth
  • “Personal Progress Toward the Orient” by Thomas Handforth
  • Review of Mei Li by Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • “Tribute to an Artist-Wanderer” remembrance by Louise Seaman Bechtel
  • “Thomas Handforth, China, and the Real Mei Li” by K. T. Horning

Prayer for a Child and the Test of Time” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1940-1949
  • Caldecott acceptance speech by Elizabeth Orton Jones
  • “Artist’s Choice” by Elizabeth Orton Jones
  • “Horn Book Reminiscence” by Elizabeth Orton Jones
  • “Our Miss Jones” by Annis Duff

Madeline’s Rescue and the Question of Audience” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1950-1959
  • Caldecott acceptance speech by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Profile of Ludwig Bemelmans by editor May Massee
  • “May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her” by Ludwig Bemelmans

Drummer Hoff and Didactic Intent” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1960-1969
  • Caldecott acceptance speech by Ed Emberley
  • Profile of Ed Emberley by Barbara Emberley
  • “Picture Books, Art and Illustration” by Barbara Bader

Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1970-1979
  • “On the Rainbow Trail” by Gerald McDermott
  • Profile of Gerald McDermott by Priscilla Moulton
  • Interview with editor George Nicholson by Leonard S. Marcus
  • “Gerald McDermott in Paris” remembrance by Doug Cushman
  • “George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott’s Arrow to the Sun” by K. T. Horning

“Hey, Al and the Quirky Choice” extras

  • Reviews of Caldecott–winning books, 1980-1989
  • “Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?” by Anita Silvey
Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Katie—the links above don’t work. I’d love to see what KT Horning wrote about all those books! Can you check them?

  2. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Hi Debbie — Our tag pages weren’t working, for some reason, but they should be ok now!

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