Caldecott Medal Awardees

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year. It was established in 1937. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.
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This particular collection includes some notable winners of Caldecott Medal and Honor Books from the year 1987 to 2012.

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003)

Written by Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place – a pigeon!

But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum. This book is recommended for children ages 3 and up. (Copyright © Disney-Hyperion. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Mo Willems was born on February 11, 1968. He is an American writer, animator, and children's books author/illustrator. He graduated cum laude from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating from Tisch, Willems spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, all of which have been published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons. Returning to New York, he kicked off his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, where he earned six Emmy Awards for writing during his tenure from 1993 to January 2002.

Since 2003, Willems has authored numerous books for young children, many of which have garnered significant critical acclaim. Three of Willems' books have been awarded a Caldecott Honor: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2004), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2005), and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (2008).

Recently, he has been creating the Elephant and Piggie books, an early reader series about a friendly elephant and pig. Elephant and Piggie won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009, and a Geisel Honor in 2011. Willems' books have been translated into a number of languages, spawned animated shorts that have twice been awarded the Carnegie Medal: Knuffle Bunny (2007) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (2010), and been developed into theatrical musical productions. His illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation.

For more information on Mo Willems and his works, visit his website at http://www.mowillems.com.

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