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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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992)

Written by Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by Lane Smith

In this book, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith introduced the world to the Really Ugly Duckling, Cinderumpelstiltskin, Little Red Running Shorts, Chicken Licken, and the rest of the hilarious cast of characters in The Stinky Cheese Man

"The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and picures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as the Really Ugly Duckling and Little Red Running Shorts, can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!" – Horn Book

This book is recommended for children ages 3 and up. (Copyright © Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan on September 8th, 1954. He grew up with five brothers, has the same birthday as Peter Sellers and the Virgin Mary, and a sneaking suspicion that the characters in his Dick and Jane reader were not of this world. Those plain facts, plus his elementary school principal dad, Louis, his registered nurse mom, Shirley (who once took Jon's Cub Scout den on a field trip to the prenatal ward), four years of pre-med undergrad, an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University, five years of painting apartments in New York City, his lovely wife Jeri Hansen who introduced him to Molly Leach and Lane Smith, his teenage daughter Casey and almost teenage son Jake, ten years of teaching a little bit of everything from first grade to eighth grade, and the last twenty years of living in Brooklyn.

Jon met up with Lane Smith around 1986 or so, and nothing has been the same since. Their first book, the wise guy fairy tale retelling, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! was initially rejected by most publishers as "too weird" and "too sophisticated". Published by Viking in 1989, The True Story has now sold over a million copies, been translated into ten languages, and been called a "classic picture book for all ages". Jon and Lane's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992) took the world of the picture book a few steps further. Goofing with the conventions of fairy tales and even being a book, The Stinky Cheese Man became a household word, sold another mess of copies in multiple languages, offended a few purists, and still managed to win a Caldecott Honor medal. Math Curse (1995) further stretched the notion of what subjects make good picture books, selling more books faster than either 3 Little Pigs or Stinky Cheese, and winning a whole slew of awards --all for a book full of mathematics.

For more information on Jon Scieszka and his works, visit his website at http://www.jsworldwide.com.

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff. Most recently Grandpa Green which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book and It’s a Book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages.

His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. His books have appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year list four times. 

Lane and his wife, book designer Molly Leach, live in rural Connecticut. For more information on Lane Smith and his works, visit his website at http://www.lanesmithbooks.com.

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