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Celebrating 75 years of Caldecott

Melissa Sweet and the Caldecott honor medal

Actors hope for an Oscar, Broadway performers a Tony, musicians a Grammy. But those of us who create children’s books dream of being tapped for a Newbery or Caldecott —either as a medalist (TWO books of the 50,000 + children’s titles published each year are chosen, one in each category) or as an honor book (normally, 2 or 3 are designated as honor books in each category.)  In January, 2009, Melissa Sweet received a call from the ALA Caldecott committee, saying that her illustrations for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams had won a Caldecott honor. As the author of the book, I was also invited to take part in the glorious and unforgettable ALA annual ceremony which took place in Chicago several months later.

This week, Melissa will return to ALA in Chicago to celebrate 75 years of the Caldecott Medal. Here’s where you can find her.

A River of Words; Melissa and Jen signing AROW


3 thoughts on “Celebrating 75 years of Caldecott”

  1. I love to find new-to-me authors. I have ordered A Splash of Red from the library. I have a great library in my town.


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