Caldecott at 75 extras

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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

Katie Bircher is agency assistant at the new Sara Crowe Literary. She spent nine years as an editor and staff reviewer for The Horn Book’s publications and has over seven years of experience as an indie bookseller specializing in children’s and YA literature. She holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons University.

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Elissa Gershowitz

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

Posted : Dec 19, 2013 05:01

Debbie Reese

Katie---the links above don't work. I'd love to see what KT Horning wrote about all those books! Can you check them? Thanks! Debbie

Posted : Dec 18, 2013 11:50



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