Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 Caldecott Award for Book Illustration

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners for the 2009 Newbery Award (for authors) and the Caldecott Award (left) (for illustrators).

The overall 2009 Newbery Award winner is Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book. The book was illustrated by Dave McKean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

The overall 2009 Caldecott winner is Beth Krommes for The House in the Night (left), written by Susan Marie Swanson and published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Three books were also named as Caldecott Honor Books:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee;
How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz;
and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant.

Caldecott Award winner announcements provide a good opportunity for design educators to introduce book illustration to students. Martin Salisbury has a good book called "Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication" with information about being a children's book illustrator.

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