Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Caldecott Medal 2013
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.
The Caldecott Medal is 75 years old this year and librarians are celebrating the rich history of these award-winning books and the honor books chosen each year. Styles, publishing, how color is reproduced now versus 75 years ago, and digital files have all brought changes to the art. Yet, the medal means more than all of that to me. It means incorporating storytelling with art. It means delight upon opening the pages, sharing a book, and wide readership because of a medal. Even my young grandson knows that having a medal on a book lends importance to it.
Looking at this year's winner, I am struck by the page turn. A child wants and needs to turn the page to continue the story. That makes the book a part of the story, and in this case, part of the joke.