Don’t be a lame-o couch potato! Deep six the boredom from last weekend, hop in the shaggin’ wagon and head over to The Valerie Theatre to join us for a special 70’s edition of Lyrical Pursuit, where your knowledge of song lyrics can help you “survive” the competition. Up to… Read More
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Free Coffee and Conversations: Dr. Ramona Caponegro on The Caldecott Award in Children’s Literature
April 26 @ 7:00 pm
Our free Coffee and Conversations lectures are open to the community and we provide free refreshments. Please RSVP at (352) 341-6428.
This year marks the 85th year of the Caldecott Medal, given for excellence in Children’s book illustrations.
Dr. Caponegro will introduce the man behind the award’s name, 19th century illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Her talk will explain the importance of the Caldecott Medal by examining the work and careers of some of the winners over the award’s 85 year history. As a member of the 2023 Caldecott Medal selection committee, Dr. Caponegro will also give her insider insight into the selection process of recipients today.
Ramona Caponegro is the curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida. She is also the chair of the Phoenix Picture Book Award Committee and the past chair of the Pura Belpré Award Committee. She has published essays about children’s book awards, early readers, and representations of incarceration in books for young people and with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, co-wrote the open-access documentary, Tell Me Another Story, about the importance of diverse picture books.