Young people suggest the
books to be nominated and vote for the winners. Teachers and librarians introduce
the books to students and conduct related activities, but no adults vote. Students
may vote for books in any of the four age-group categories, but they must read
all of the books in a category in order to vote on them. Nominees are voted on
in March and the winner is announced in May.
Presented by the California Library Association
for the most distinguished book for children or young adults that promotes an
awareness of California and its people.
Caldecott Medal is named after Randolph Caldecott, the famous English illustrator
of books for children. It has been awarded since 1938 by the American Library
Association to the artist of the most distinquished American picture book for
children published in the United States during the preceding year.
Newbery Medal is named after John Newbery, the famous 18th century publisher and
seller of children's books. It has been awarded annually since 1922 by the American
Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American
literature for children published during the preceding year.
more information on the Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners see the
American Library Association's HomePage)