Each year, the American Library Association presents the Newbery and Caldecott Awards to the most distinguished children's books published the previous year. Librarians and teachers everywhere have come to rely on this indispensable guide to the award winners for quick reference, collection and curriculum development, and readers' advisory.The 2008 edition provides up-to-date annotations for all the medal and honor books since the inception of the awards (Newbery in 1922 and Caldecott in 1938), is fully indexed by title and author/illustrator, and includes background on the awards and photos of the new medalists and their books. ""Newbery and Caldecott Awards: Authorization and Terms"" discusses the terms and definitions that have evolved for both awards and the significance of the awards as an evaluation of children's literature. ""Media Used in Caldecott Picture Books"" reveals each illustrator's choice of media for the Caldecott medal and honor books and includes a helpful glossary of art terms.New to the 2008 edition is a feature essay by Mary Erbach, assistant director of interpretive exhibitions and family programs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Erbach describes how children's picture books and original picture book art have found a home in the art museum setting and are valued as links to permanent museum collections and as supplements for educational programming and hands-on activities.This comprehensive guide will help you to introduce children to outstanding literature and illustration and support your own literature selections from the criteria used for these celebrated awards.