Connecting the Caldecott Dots

Name of Award

APDC Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded



Liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Description

Heidi Hammond, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, received $1,680 to find thematic connections among Caldecott Award Books, provide additional material for the course LIS 7963 Picture Books: Exploring the Interplay of text and Illustrations, and inform a future content analysis study about the themes of Caldecott Award books. There are many ways to connect Caldecott Award books, and one way is to connect them through similar themes. Educators and librarians introduce Caldecott Award books because they are the most distinguished American picture books for children in a given year. Following a thematic approach will help adults present these books in a way that will help children make connections and fulfill Minnesota K-5 English Language Arts content area standards

Because the Caldecott Award is given for illustration, there have not been any articles that connect individual Caldecott books based on themes. While presenting a Caldecott Award book should include a discussion of the art and design, often teachers and librarians show books based on particular themes such as winter after the first snowfall or grandparents before Grandparents Day. This series of articles will provide a way to connect several Caldecott books for comparison/contrast based on theme and art.

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