Feb 082015
2015 Caldecott Awards Announced!

Every year at it's mid-Winter Conference the American Library Association presents the Caldecott Award "to the artist of the most distinguished American picturebook for children." In addition to the Medal award, several Honor awards are presented to the runner-ups in the category. The awards were announced this past Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The day of […]

Jan 192015
Search For The First Forty Caldecott Medal Books

Searching For The First Forty Caldecott Medal Books I recently performed a search for first editions of the first forty Caldecott Medal books (covering the award years 1938-thru-1978) to determine the number of books currently being offered for sale. The search was identical to an internet search I completed a couple of years ago, and […]

Feb 012011
Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks - Part 2

Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks – Overview A series of articles to select the Top 100 Collectible Children’s Picturebooks, providing the rationale for each book’s inclusion, with an objective of providing readers with the context for valuing first editions within the genre. Within the hobby value is a combination of scarcity and collectibility: very scarce and […]

Jan 242010
A Book Collectors Perspective, Jerry Pinkney

This past Monday at the American Library Association’s mid-winter conference, Jerry Pinkney earned his first Caldecott Medal awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Well deserved, I might add. Pinkney had previously won five Caldecott Honor awards over his forty year career. Winning the Caldecott Medal enhances the […]

Jan 172008

A first edition Make Way For Ducklings, Robert McCloskey’s 1942 Caldecott Medal winning book, has recently surfaced for sale. We haven’t seen a copy for years, so it will be interesting to see how long this book stays on the market. From the item description: MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Robert McCloskey      Book Price: US$ […]

Jan 152008
ALA Announces 2008 Caldecott Award Winners

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner The 2008 Caldecott Medal winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls […]

May 182007
The Little House - 1st Edition Identification

A first edition copy of The Little House, the 1943 Caldecott Medal winning book, is coming up for auction on July 12, 2007 at PBA Galleries. The first edition The Little House is very difficult to find, and some have estimated the book will sell for close to $10,000. The Children’s Picturebook Price Guide estimates […]

Mar 222007
Flotsam (2007)

Caldecott Medal First Edition Identification Flotsam; written and illustrated by David Wiesner; Clarion Books, 2006. 2007 Caldecott Medal Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $50 Fine From Janice Harayda’s excellent One-Minute Book Reviews blog: "David Wiesner won the 2007 Caldecott Medal today for an eloquent, wordless picture book that encourages children to find the magic in everyday life. […]

Feb 212007
Frog Went A-Courtin (1955)

Caldecott Medal First Edition Identification Frog Went A-Courtin’; written by John Langstaff; illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; Harcourt Brace, 1955. 1956 Caldecott Medal Award Children’s Picturebook Price Guide value – $800 VG+   Rojankovsky illustrated several books in the 1930’s under the pseudonym ‘Rojan’.  He illustrated a number of the early Little Golden Books, including the […]

Feb 012007
Twenty Caldecott Medal Books

Caldecott Medal First Edition Identification We recently performed an internet search for the first twenty Caldecott Medal books, wondering how many first editions are currently being offered for sale. The searches were performed across multiple book sites, ABE, ABAA, and Bookfinder, and were filtered for first edition books with dust jackets. Across the twenty Medal […]