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Caldecott Books from Kaplan Toys

Caldecott award-winning books from Kaplan Toys

Caldecott award-winning books from Kaplan Toys make learning fun for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, helping foster developmentally appropriate skills with educational products that have been trusted by parents, teachers, and child development experts for years. All of our Caldecott books are designed to sharpen emerging senses and developmental skills and encourage young children to further develop their curiosity about the world around them.

Our Caldecott Collection is a great place to start building a library of award-winning books and features 8 titles including The Polar Express, Have You Seen My Duckling, Make Way for Ducklings, Strega Nona, Tuesday, Owl Moon, Office Buckle and Gloria, and The Snowy Day. We offer Caldecott books in both paperback and hardback. These Caldecott book titles are also sold separately.

Our Caldecott books and selection of educational toys has been carefully chosen and organized by age groups so it's simple to choose a developmentally appropriate product. Kaplan Toys also offers playroom accessories so that you can outfit your play area with fun items that children of all ages will love, as well as a great selection of art and dramatic play products that will have the kids begging to get creative.

The Kaplan story began in 1951 when Leon and Renee Kaplan (Mr. and Mrs. K) opened a toy store in Greensboro, North Carolina. They expanded the business in 1952 by opening a second store in Winston Salem, North Carolina and then multiple locations in late 1950 and early 1960. In 1968, Kaplan School Supply was founded which affirmed their commitment to children by introducing toys that teach.

For over 35 years the Kaplan name has been synonymous with children and providing products that promote learning while playing. The company has continued to be a strong leader in the field of early care and education. We know that children are our future and we provide products that enhance creativity, explore learning, and encourage independence.

Origins of the Caldecott Medal

Each year the Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's books published the previous year. However, as many persons became concerned that the artists creating picture books for children were as deserving of honor and encouragement as were the authors of children's books, in 1937 Frederic G. Melcher suggested a second annual medal. This is to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year and to be called the Caldecott Medal in honor of Randolph J. Caldecott, the nineteenth-century English illustrator. The idea for this medal was also accepted enthusiastically by the Section for Library Work with Children of ALA and was approved by the ALA Executive Board.

The Caldecott Medal "shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award shall go to the artist, who must be a citizen or resident of the United States, whether or not he be the author of the text. Members of the Newbery Medal Committee will serve as judges. If a book of the year is nominated for both the Newbery and Caldecott Awards the committee shall decide under which heading it shall be voted upon, so that the same title shall not be considered on both ballots." In 1977 the Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children rescinded the final part of the 1937 action and approved that "any book published in the preceding year shall be eligible to be considered for either award or both awards." Separate committees to choose the Newbery and Caldecott Awards were established in 1977.

We are excited to provide this online toy store offering both familiar and unique items for children birth to 6 years. You will recognize many name brands like Little Tikes®, Chicco®, and Crayola® – but you'll also find many items that are only available from Kaplan.

So why wait any longer… let the fun begin.