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The 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.




Snowy Day
The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats. This selection is about a young boy named Peter who has a day of adventures out in the snow. He plays in the snow, makes a snow man and snow angels, and pretends to be a mountain climber.
Publisher: The Viking Press, 1962.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Award: Caldecott.




Golem
Golem

David Wisniewski (Illustrator - Lee Salsbery). This selection is about the legend of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel and the Golem that he made to protect the Jews because of the Blood Lie that some Gentiles were spreading about the Jews. Set in 16th century Prague, it explains some of the happenings of the time. The Golem did protect the Jews from the angry mob that tried to attack their ghetto, but once the Golem had completed his task, the Rabbi had to return him back to the clay from which he came. The Golem did not want this to happen because life was precious to him. The lesson of this story is that humans need to be careful when creating and unleashing something of great power.
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 1996.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Note: at the end of the book, there is an endnote that discusses the history of the legend of Rabbi Loew and the Golem, as well as all the Jewish religious beliefs and the history of the persecution of the Jews.
Other Works: The Wave of the Sea Wolf; Suindiata, Lion King of Mali; Rain Player.




A Story, a Story
A Story, a Story

Gail E. Haley. This selection is a retelling of an African folktale about Kwaku Ananse, the "spider man." He is called a spider man because he spun a web up to the sky and bargained with the sky God, Nyame, for his stories. The price of the stories was that Ananse had to catch Osebo, the leopard-of-the-terrible-teeth, Mmboro the hornet-who-stings-like-fire, and Mmotia the fairy-whom-men-never-see. Ananse pays the price and receives the Sky God's golden box of stories. When he opens the box, all the stories scattered to the corners of the world. Many African stories are called "spider stories" because they tell of how small, defenseless man or animals that outwit others and succeed against great odds.
Publisher: Atheneum, New York, 1970.
General Grade Level: Vocabulary/Comprehension.
Caldecott Medal.
Note: the foreword of this book explains the history of "spider stories" and how they came to the Caribbean Isles and America.




Frog Went  A-Courtin'
Frog Went A-Courtin'

John Langstaff (Illustrator - Feodor Rojankovsky) This selection is based upon the song that was composed in Scotland more than 400 years ago and then brought to America. The selection is comprised of the different versions sung in many parts of America and other countries. At the end of the book, one of the earliest tunes associated with the ballad is written out.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers; San Diego; 1955.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Category: Artwork.




Little House
Little House

Virginia Lee Burton. This story is about a little house that was built in the country. It was built strong and sturdy because it was meant to last for the great-great-great grandchildren of the owner's great-great-great grandchildren. Time went by and the children of the house grew up and moved to the city. The little house liked living in the country but wondered what it would be like in the city. Over time, the city grew up around the little house. After a while, no one lived in the little house anymore and the house grew sad. Then one day, the great-granddaughter of the owners came by and recognized the house. She and her husband moved the sturdy little house out to the country--on top of a hill, in the middle of a field.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1942.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Category: Artwork.




Shadow: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy
Shadow: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy

Marcia Brown. This selection is about the African storytellers' and shamans' view of shadow. It is an eerie depiction of what shadow is and does.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1982.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.




Saint George and the Dragon
Saint George and the Dragon

Retold by Margaret Hodges (Illustrator - Trina Schart Hyman). This is the tale of Saint George, the Red Cross Knight, and Princess Una who came to find someone to rescue her people from a horrible dragon. Princess Una and St. George travel back and St. George fights the dragon several days' in a row and defeats him. The king is grateful and gives St. George riches, which St. George gives to the poor. The king also gives Princess Una to St. George in marriage. Saint George serves the Fairy Queen for 6 more years.
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1984.
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Works by the Illustrator: Snow White, The Sleeping Beauty.




Fables
Fables

Arnold Lobel. This book is a collection of twenty original fables. They are humorous and contain morals that are often unexpected. The fables include The Crocodile in the Bedroom, The Ducks and the Fox, King Lion and the Beetle, The Lobster and the Crab, The Hen and the apple Tree, The Baboon's Umbrella, The Frogs at the Rainbow's End, The Bear and the Crow, The Cat and His Visions, The Ostrich in Love, The Camel Dances, The Poor Old Dog, Madame Rhinoceros and Her Dress, The Bad Kangaroo, The Pig at the Candy Store, The Elephant and His Son, The Pelican and the Crane, The Young Rooster, The Hippopotamus at Dinner, and The Mouse at the Seashore.
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, 1980.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Works: Frog and Todd are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, Days With Frog and Toad.




The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale

retold by Arthur Ransome (Illustrator - Uri Shulevitz). This selection is about a young Russian boy called the Fool of the World, who is the youngest and least-liked son in his family. His parents do not care for him much because he is not very smart. One day, the Czar sends out messengers to announce that he will give his daughter in marriage to anyone that can bring him a flying ship. The two clever brothers set off to try to build a flying ship. The Fool of the World wants to give it a try also. On his journey, the Fool shares his meal with an old man. The old man gives the Fool a magic hatchet that turned a tree into a flying ship. On the way to the palace, the Fool picks up a bunch of talented strangers who end up helping him win the hand of the Princess from the reluctant Czar.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; New York; 1968.
Award: Caldecott.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork
Other Works by the Author: Old Peter's Russian Tales, Pigeon Post, Swallows and Amazons.
Other Works by the Illustrator: One Monday Morning (ALA Notable Book), The Moon in My Room.




Always Room for One More
Always Room for One More

Sorche Nic Ledohas (Illustrator - Nonny Hogrogian). This selection is about a Scottish family whose father always says there is room for one more traveler in their home. But he lets so many people in at one time that the house collapses. All the travelers help the family raise a new home that is twice as big as the first. This selection is derived from an old Scottish nursery tale.
Publisher: Henry Holtand Company, New York, 1965.
Award: Caldecott.
General Grade Level: Advanced (because some of the Scottish words are difficult to understand).
Other Works by the Author: Thistle and Thyme, Heather and Broom.
Other Category: Artwork.
Other Works by the Illustrator: Gaelic Ghosts, Ghosts Go Haunting.




Jumanji
Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg. This selection is about a brother and a sister who are left alone while their parents go to the opera. Their parents warn them to keep the house in order. Judy and Peter get bored, though, so they decide to go to he park. There, they find a board game called Jumanji with a note saying that it's free, but to read all the instructions carefully. Judy and Peter do read the instructions that explain that they cannot stop playing the game until they reach Jumanji at the end of the board, but they think that it's just like any other board game. They realize that it is not a normal game when a lion, a snake, an explorer, monkeys, and a bunch of rhinoceri escape from the game upon each turn.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1981.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott.
Note: The illustrations are wonderful--extremely lifelike. Also available in Spanish.
Also made into a major motion picture, Jumanji is available on DVD.




Mei LI

Thomas Handforth. This selection is about Mei Li, a young Chinese girl who wants to go to the city with her older brother, San Yu, to take part in the New Year's celebration. She sneaks away with her brother and has many adventures at the celebration in the city. A fortune that the fortune teller told her even came true.
Publisher: Doubleday, New York, 1938.
Award: Caldecott.
General Grade Level: Primary-Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.










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