Friday, October 30, 2009

Arielle Nadler Caldecott Collection

Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This award, which has been presented annually since 1938, is named in honor of Randolph Caldecott, a 19th Century English artist who illustrated 16 children's books that were popular in Victorian England. Each year, for eight consecutive years, he illustrated two books that were published at Christmas time.

The Santa Clara City Library features books that have been honored with the Caldecott Medal in a special collection, the Arielle Nadler Caldecott Collection, which is dedicated to the memory of Arielle Nadler, the stillborn daughter of Judy Nadler, former Mayor of the City of Santa Clara, and Jerome Nadler, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. Arielle Nadler was buried in Santa Clara in April, 1989. She is survived by a twin sister, as well as an older sibling.

The Arielle Nadler Caldecott Collection is located in the Picture Book section of the Youth Services Department. Each year, the Caldecott Medal book is added to the collection, which can be read and enjoyed in the Library by patrons of any age. Copies of all the Caldecott Medal books, from 1938 to the present, are included in the Arielle Nadler collection. Ask a Youth Services librarian to help you find this collection that is filled with favorite books such as Make Way for Ducklings, the 1942 Caldecott Medal winner by Robert McCloskey; Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, the 1976 winner that was illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, and Snowflake Bentley, the 1999 winner that was illustrated by Mary Azarian.

posted by jtb