Families are invited to a day of art and reading adventures on April 1 with “Celebrating Caldecott Children’s Day.” Visitors may come any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take a guided tour of the exhibition Drawing from a Story: Illustrations by Selected Caldecott Medal Winners, listen to stories, see animated versions of Maurice Sendak’s books (Into the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are, and Chicken Soup with Rice) and create hands-on art projects. The program is free with regular museum admission.
To encourage a love of art and reading, the Brandywine River Museum will offer one free admission ticket to the exhibition Drawing from a Story: Selected Caldecott Medal Winners to any child age 12 or under who reads, or has read to them, eight Caldecott Medal-winning books. Parents can download a form and a list of Caldecott Medal winners, from the Museum’s website at www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Drawing from a Story: Illustrations by Selected Caldecott Medal Winners, on view from March 20 through May 23, 2010, will feature work by Maurice Sendak, Robert McCloskey, Ezra Jack Keats and many others, including the 2010 medal winner, Jerry Pinkney.
The Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1938. Today the Caldecott Medal is the most prestigious award presented to children’s book illustrators in the United States, and over 70 artists have won it. Some books, such as Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings, Maurice Sendaks’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Ezra Jack Keats’ Snowy Day, have become widely recognized children’s classics.
The exhibition will include illustrations from many beloved children’s books, including Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; and Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky.
Also included are illustrations from Tuesday, Three Little Pigs and Flotsam by David Wiesner, one of only two artists to receive the award three times.
On April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wiesner will sign copies of his Caldecott Medal-winning books. Copies may be purchased in the Museum Shop. The signing is free for members and included with museum admission.