This is the last week in January and it doesn't look like it will go out like a lamb. I hope Old Man Winter has gotten his blustery, snowy, and icy weather out of his system and treats us kinder in February.
Have you ever heard someone say, "A picture is worth a thousand words"?
Think about the time your child came home from school, handed you a paper and said with a big smile and twinkling eyes, "I drew a picture for you in school today." You look at this simple picture drawn by your child and listen to them as they share that it is a picture of you and them building a snowman together. Your child goes on to explain that they gave the snowman a green hat because that was your favorite color. You show your appreciation and pride for their picture by giving them a hug and hanging it on the refrigerator or bulletin board. You may even place a shiny gold star at the top of the picture.
The star represents an appreciation for an original piece of artwork. The picture helped you understand what was happening, who was involved, and that even though there were no written works it told a story about a special event.
At the library, we have some special books that have not received a gold star for their illustrations but a gold medal known as the Randolph Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the prestigious American children's book award.
Rene Paul Chambellan designed the Caldecott Medal in 1937. The scene on the face of the medal is derived from Randolph Caldecott's illustrations for The Diverting Story of John Gilpin, in which Gilpin is astride a runaway horse. The reverse of the medal depicts another of Caldecott's illustrations, "Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie."
Caldecott Medal recipients must meet the following criteria to be considered for this special award.
* The book must be published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
* The illustrations must be original work.
* The artist must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
* The book must be considered for the artistic technique employed; pictorial interpretation of story; appropriateness of style of illustration to the story; delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting mood or information through the pictures; and recognition of a child audience.
* The book must display respect for children's understandings, abilities, and appreciations.
* The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media for its enjoyment.
So come to the Cherokee Public Library and look for books with the gold Caldecott Medal. You'll be amazed with the illustrator's artwork.
The Terrific Toddlers group for parents and their 1-3 year olds will meet Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. upstairs in the Story Time room. It's a great chance to learn new rhymes, songs, finger plays, and activities that help you and your child enjoy stories, and activities together.
Don't forget to pick up your February newsletter for more programs and events at the library.