We'll be reading six books that I have chosen. This list will be revealed later this week!
I have based our criteria on the actual Caldecott Criteria**:
In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:
Do these illustrations demonstrate excellence in the technique (collage, painting, wood carvings) employed?
Is the technique employed a good match for the mood, tone and themes in the story?
Are the illustrations critical to the understanding of the story?
Will the design of the book and the illustrations appeal to a child audience?
We'll use the following rating scale:
**Actual Caldecott language:
a. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
b. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
c. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;
d. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;
e. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.