“Choose” Caldecott Winner

Oct 22, 2008 10:23:45 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Ed Spicer, current member of the Caldecott committee, will present a series of programs featuring books currently eligible for the Caldecott Medal on October 16, November 20, and December 11 at Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. Each program will start at 7:00 p.m. Artists, educators and others who love picture book art are encouraged to attend. Help “select” the most distinguished picture book for children published in 2008!

Each year, the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, presents the Caldecott Medal to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book published that year. Named after Randolph Caldecott, a former banker turned picture book artist, the Caldecott is, with the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious American children’s book award.

Kalamazoo Public Library’s 31st annual children’s literature seminar on November 14 will feature Kadir Nelson, a 2008 Caldecott Honor Award winner for his illustrations in Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad written by Ellen Levine. Learn more or register for the seminar online.

The Programs

At the October and November events, Spicer will describe the Caldecott Medal and demonstrate how a previous award winner exemplifies one Caldecott criteria. Spicer will introduce 15 to 20 brand new picture books, and briefly explain why he selected each title. Participants will have time to look at the books and to vote for three favorite books. Caldecott Committee members are encouraged to seek out a diverse group of views about eligible books. Participants may also share their favorite picture books published in 2008.

On December 11, Spicer will stage a mock Caldecott Committee award selection meeting. Participants will discuss the list of contenders according to criteria found in the Randolph Caldecott Medal Committee Manual (2007). Book titles will come from the votes generated during the October and November programs. By the end of this program, we will have selected our Caldecott Medal winner and up to four honor books, if warranted. See a list of contenders for the award.

About Ed Spicer

Ed Spicer is a reading specialist who teaches first grade students in Allegan. Spicer has served on the Michael L. Printz Award committee (2005) and on the Best Books for Young Adults committee (2006-2008). Spicer writes a regular column for the Michigan Reading Journal, a publication of the Michigan Reading Association, on noteworthy books for school libraries. Spicer also runs a teen reading group in Allegan and coordinates the Allegan High School Literary Contest along with co-chair, Michael Kiella.

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Mr. Ed Spicer, Worked at the Scripps aquarium in 1990 and gave my father Daniel Garstecki valuable information, regarding how to clean shells and care for them. My father past away the following year and always talked about how he'd like to show his Abalones when finished. A lot of thanks to a Mr. Ed Spicer who helped out my father, and as his son now at 41 yrs old and growing. I would like to express how reading a post card from the Scripps Aquarium to my father (which I uncovered recently) from Mr. Spicer has empowered me to pass on a thankyou to Mr. Ed Spicer for empowering my father to work on his fine shells. My father would have done this, and although I spoke about this with my father. I can only say I feel again close to my father in a way I havent felt for 18 years. May you live long sir, and understand your gift you provided a long time ago. Your friend Jim Garstecki