SP Librarian Participates in National Award Process
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 • 12:43pm
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Michelle Willis, Head of Children’s Services at Scotch Plains Public Library, served on the committee to select the 2013 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children published in 2012.
As soon as the 2013 medal was announced on Monday, Willis contacted the library to share this news with the community: The Caldecott went to This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, a story of an ambitious tiny fish that steals a hat from a much larger creature.
"This was an exhausting process but one I will never forget. I learned so much from both the process itself and from the others on the committee. It was truly a collaborative effort,” said Willis.
The Caldecott is an award given each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children of that particular year. It was named in honor of 19th century illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children which is a division of the American Library Association.
On Saturday, February 2, at 11 am, the library will present a very special story time, in which Ms. Willis will read the Caldecott winner and honor books aloud. Children and adults who attend the program can vote on which book they feel should have won. Advance registration is not required for this program.
The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town. Driving directions and more information can be found on the library web site, http://www.scoltib.org.