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Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

Make an appointment to see the show! Call today: 734-475-8732, ext. 219 or email: ref@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.
30-minute appointments are available:
Mondays & Saturdays | 10am–2pm
Wednesdays & Fridays | 2–6pm

Beginning September 1, the Chelsea District Library  is pleased to host Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations, an exhibition featuring beautiful artwork from children’s picture books. Through picture books, readers embark on visual journeys that engage all of the senses and encourage curious, imaginative, and thoughtful interactions with the world around them. 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, awarding the Caldecott Medal for excellence in this area. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious and highly coveted medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The exhibition Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations includes original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and from “runner-up” Honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists.

Although CDL is not open for appointments in the main section of the library, we are thrilled to offer this museum-quality experience to Chelsea and the surrounding community. We invite you to make an appointment by calling 734-475-8732 x.219 to see this beautiful collection of award-winning art on display in the historic McKune building.

Selection of Illustrations from the Exhibition

Artist Credits (Left to right):
Paul Goble (b.1933), Lost in the Canyon, 1984; watercolor, 10 x 5 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Gail Haley (b. 1939), A Story, A Story, 1970; relief, 10 1/4 x 20 3/4 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Robert Lawson (1892-1957), Little Red Hen, ink, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Leonard Weisgard (1916–2000), Mother Hen,
c 1947; acrylic, 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Marcia Brown (1918-2015), Once a Mouse, 1961; relief, 9 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Chris Van Allsburg (b. 1949), Jumanji, 1980; graphite, 15 1/2 x 17 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University

Exhibition Related Programs & Events

Online! Young at Art: A Children’s Book Illustrator at Work

Check out local author and multi-media artist Jennifer Carson’s time-lapse video of water color painting!

Even More Art in Chelsea!

Feeling inspired by this exhibition? Check out our Young at Art-related programming throughout the month of September!
Tuesday, Sep. 15 | Virtual Tween Book Club will read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (ages 9-12)
Saturday, Sep. 19 | SculptureWalk Guided Tour

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. Young at Art is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.