Play, Pretend, and Dream: Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010–2013

The Art Institute of Chicago is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal with a special exhibition: Play, Pretend, and Dream: Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-2013

Here is the official description: 

This family exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott award by showcasing the magical world of children’s books with an illustration from each of the 16 books that have won the distinguished medal or honor award over the past four years.
The Caldecott Medal, America’s oldest award for picture book illustrations, was first given in 1938, when members of the American Library Association (ALA), who were already honoring children’s book authors with the Newbery Medal, realized that the illustrators of these books were deserving of recognition as well. The ALA members named the new award after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century illustrator whose work was unique in his time—not just in its humor but also in its sense of movement, vitality, and action that so perfectly complemented the stories it accompanied. Today’s winners are selected by a team of respected librarians and children’s literature experts who review books throughout a year and award the medal and several honors to the most distinguished American picture book illustrators. 

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This morning I spent an hour debating whether or not I should head to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the exhibit. Thankfully, I decided I would regret it if I put off seeing it one more day. (Note: it is running until December 1, 2013.) I hopped in the car, put on the Matilda the Musical cast recording, and headed to Chicago. 

I greatly enjoyed looking at original artwork from...

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen | 2013 Caldecott Medal 

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown | 2013 Caldecott Honor 

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen | 2013 Caldecott Honor 

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger | 2013 Caldecott Honor

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small | 2013 Caldecott Honor 

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski | 2013 Caldecott Honor 

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka | 2012 Caldecott Medal 

Blackout by John Rocco | 2012 Caldecott Honor 

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith | 2012 Caldecott Honor 

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell | 2012 Caldecott Honor

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin. E. Stead | 2011 Caldecott Medal 

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier | 2011 Caldecott Honor 

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein | 2011 Caldecott Honor 

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney | 2010 Caldecott Medal

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlo and Marla Frazee | 2010 Caldecott Honor 

Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski | 2010 Caldecott Honor

I hope you're able to visit the exhibition, especially if you're coming to Chicago for ALA Annual.


  1. Such a rich compilation - thank you for taking us along!!

  2. As always, thank you for sharing such a thoughtful compilation of book trailers & titles of books with precious, meaningful topics.

  3. Wonderful compilation. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I just made plans to travel to Chicago in August. Now I'm even more excited for my trip!


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