The Caldecott Medal is awarded by a division of the American Library Association (ALA) to the artist of the best American picture book for children. The award is named after Randolph J. Caldecott, a nineteenth-century English illustrator. Caldecott was unique in his time and known for his illustrations that incorporated humor and movement. According to the ALA, the Caldecott Medal,
"shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award shall go to the artist, who must be a citizen or resident of the United States, whether or not he be the author of the text. Members of the Newbery Medal Committee will serve as judges. If a book of the year is nominated for both the Newbery and Caldecott Awards the committee shall decide under which heading it shall be voted upon, so that the same title shall not be considered on both ballots."
The 2014 Caldecott Medal was awarded to Brian Floca for the book, Locomotive, about a family's train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. The 2014 Caldecott Honor Books include:
•Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
•Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle
•Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal was created as a compliment to the annual Newberry Awards for outstanding children's authors. The ALA provides a list of all Caldecott Medal winners from 1938 to the present. The announcement of the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner is a great excuse to visit your local library and check out Locomotive as well as the past winners of the Caldecott Medal.
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