Drawn to Greatness: The Art of Caldecott Medal-Winning Books

Chris Raschka, Debbie Pettid, Crystal Faris
Monday, October 3, 2022
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5:30 pm
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6:00 pm
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Children’s Library, 2nd Floor
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Chris Raschka has illustrated more than 40 books, winning Caldecott Medals for The Hello, Goodbye Window in 2005 and A Ball for Daisy in 2012. He discusses his work and other Caldecott-honored titles with Debbie Pettid, a youth literature expert and co-founder of the new Kansas City museum experience dedicated to children’s books, The Rabbit hOle.

They explore great visual storytelling and its importance to early literacy, as well as the broader impact of the Caldecott Medal on the careers of children’s book creators. The conversation is moderated by the Kansas City Public Library’s deputy director for youth and family engagement, Crystal Faris.

The event coincides with the final days of the Young at Art exhibition in the Central Library’s Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery. It features 35 works by 31 artists, including drawings by Dorothy Lathrop, the inaugural Caldecott winner in 1938 and illustrations from Jerry Pinkney’s The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South and Tasha Tudor’s 1944 Mother Goose.

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