Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books

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The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books. Association for Library Services to Children. Chicago: ALA, 2006. 184p. $19 (ISBN 0-8389-3565-6).

Any library professional working in the area of children's services will have some degree of familiarity with the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. This volume, The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, will certainly add to the knowledge of even the most experienced and dedicated children's literature enthusiast.

Revised each year, the book includes repeated features, such as descriptions of the past award winners and honor books, photographs of the medals, a detailed explanation of the criteria used for selection, an author and illustrator index, and a title index. These features may help those who use the book as a tool for collection development. A helpful repeat feature for those librarians and library media specialists who integrate art into their literature presentations is the reprint, with changes, of Christine Behrmann's article, previously published in Journal of Youth Services in Libraries (Winter 1988), titled "The Media Used in Caldecott Picture Books: Notes Toward a Definitive List. …

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