Manhattanville College To Host Caldecott Medal Winners

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From left to right Nanette Stevens, Patricia Lee Gauch and Ed Young.
From left to right Nanette Stevens, Patricia Lee Gauch and Ed Young. Photo Credit: Provided

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- The Manhattanville College Library will be joining in the 75th anniversary celebration of the Caldecott Medal, which is given annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children.

The library will be hosting “The Magic of Making a Caldecott-winning Picture Book: the artist, the art director, and the editor tell their stories” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s library. There will be a question-and-answer session at the end.

The speakers will be Patricia Lee Gauch, editor and Manhattanville alumna; Ed Young, illustrator; and Nanette Stevenson, art director, who will explain what it takes to make a Caldecott Medal-winning book.

All three worked together on “Lon Po Po,” which received the medal in 1990. Other Caldecott winning books that at least one of the guests were associated with are “Owl Moon,” “Officer Buckle & Gloria,” “Mirette on the High Wire,” and “So You Want to Be President?”

The Caldecott Medal, named after English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, was first given out by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, in 1938.

Gauch is a writer, editor and teacher, and served almost 25 years as editor-in-chief for Philomel Books. She received her master of the arts in teaching degree from Manhattanville and her doctorate in English literature from Drew University.

Young has illustrated 80 books for children, writing 17 of them. In addition to his one Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors, he twice has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is the highest honor that can be given to an author or an illustrator. He lives in Westchester County with his two daughters.

Stevenson spent more than 20 years working in the children’s publishing field, including serving as art director of children’s books for G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Philomel Books. For the past 19 years, she has lived in Alaska, where she owns a design business.

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