The winners for the 2010 best picture book (Caldecott) and  best chapter book (Newbery) will be announced next Monday morning. This is a year long selection process and is very exciting to watch.  The Provo City Library is having a Mock Caldecott this Thursday night.  I will be there and will bring back the titles of  the best picture books for 2010.

1713-67, English publisher and bookseller. He established juvenile literature as an important branch of the publishing business. Included among his publications is Little Goody Two Shoes (1766). Although he published his books anonymously, it is assumed that he planned and wrote a number of them himself. In 1921 the Newbery medal was established by Frederic Melcher to be awarded by the American Library Association to the most distinguished children's book of the year written by an American.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.(1846-1886) who transformed the world of children's books in the Victorian era. Children eagerly awaited the two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, which came out each Christmas for eight years.

Randolph's output, however, ranged wider than this: he illustrated novels and accounts of foreign travel; he made humorous drawings depicting hunting and fashionable life.  In his early childhood Randolph drew and modelled, mostly animals, and he continued drawing for the rest of his life.