September 2, 2019 – September 7, 2019
Award-winning children’s book illustrations on display at downtown library
“Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations” exhibit on view through October 5
The American Library Association in 1938 awarded the first Caldecott Medal to Dorothy P. Lathrop for her illustration of “Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book.” By honoring illustrators, the Caldecott Medal formally acknowledges the importance of art in the experience of reading children’s literature. Since 1938, the ALA has bestowed the award to the illustrator of one committee-chosen picture book each year.
Midlanders now have the opportunity to view the original illustrations of Lathrop and more than 30 Caldecott-winning works of art at Midland County Public Libraries downtown location, 301 W. Missouri Ave. The exhibit “Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations” is on loan from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and will be on view at the downtown library through Oct. 5.
In addition to the first Caldecott Award recipient, other artists featured in the exhibit include Maurice Sendak for “Where the Wild Things Are,” Paul Goble for “Lost in the Canyon,” Marcia Brown for “Once a Mouse,” and Chris Van Allsburg for “Jumanji.” In addition to award recipients, the exhibit also includes some runner-up Honor Books. The Caldecott Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations is part of the permanent collection of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.
Midland County Public Libraries invites all Midlanders to come to the downtown library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday to view the exhibition. For information on group tours and school field trips, please call Education and Program Coordinator Hannah Johnson at 432-742-7438.
Midland County Public Libraries (MCPL) is a library system consisting of the downtown library, Centennial Library, law library and bookmobile. Centennial and downtown library locations are open to the public 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.