The Caldecott Medal is an honor awarded yearly to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Caldecott Challenge provides students the opportunity to be awarded a medal of their own! Students must read ALL the winning Caldecott titles, from 1938 to the present, and complete a response form for each title, to be eligible their own Caldecott medal. Parents and other family members are encouraged to complete the Challenge with their student. Response forms must completed by the second week in April (to allow time for ordering/engraving). Medals will be awarded at the end of the school year.
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The 2020 Caldecott Medal Winner — The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.