The Woodlands Children’s Museum is honored to host the Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations traveling exhibition on display now through November 30, 2022. The collection features original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients along with “runner-up” Honor books. The prestigious and highly coveted medal is named after nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The exhibition includes 32 original artworks dating from 1929, and includes favorites such as Little Red Hen, Jumanji, Frog and Toad, Mother Goose, and many others. The Caldecott Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations is part of the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.
‘This collection matches well with the museum’s mission to educate, empower, and excite children and families through play,” stated Angela Colton, the museum’s Executive Director. “For many children, picture books ignite a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Even without words, young children learn how to hold a book and patiently turn pages, using their imaginations to create stories and visual journeys.”
The illustrations in the collection are widely recognized not only as artistic classics in children’s literature but also as the source of beloved memories for the young and young at heart. Since 1938, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has recognized the significant impact of art on early reading experiences.
The Young at Art exhibit is included with admission to the museum. Visit the museum’s website at www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org for additional information on special morning “Coffee and Caldecott” viewing times.