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The Best Caldecott Books from Kaplan Toys

Caldecott Books from Kaplan Toys

Caldecott 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.

Looking for a great starting place so you can begin to collect a few Caldecott books? You will love our Caldecott Collection, which features 8 award-winning titles including The Polar Express, Make Way for Ducklings, Have You Seen My Duckling, Strega Nona, Tuesday, Owl Moon, Office Buckle and Gloria, and The Snowy Day. We offer Caldecott books in both paperback and hardback.

Our selection of Caldecott books and 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.

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, Frederic G. Melcher suggested in 1937 the establishment of a second annual medal. This medal is to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year and named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott. 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 1978 and began with the 1980 selection committees.

From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books were referred to as Newbery or Caldecott "runners-up." In 1971 the term "runners-up" was changed to "honor books." The new terminology was made retroactive so that all former runners-up are now referred to as Newbery or Caldecott Honor Books.