Robert Lawson (1892-1957), Little Red Hen, ; ink, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

Beni Montresor (1926-2001), May I Bring A Friend?, ; watercolor, 9 7/8 x 15 5/8 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

Marcia Brown (1918-2015), Once a Mouse, 1961; relief, 9 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

Gail Haley (b. 1939), A Story, A Story, 1970; relief, 10 1/4 x 20 3/4 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

Now at the Library At The Plaza (Downtown) from July 5th through October 5th

On loan from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The transformative power of picture books is undeniable for the many ways young readers are invited to and enthusiastically participate in reading.  Through picture books, readers embark on visual journeys that engage all of the senses and encourage curious, imaginative, and thoughtful interactions with the world around them. Since 1938, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has recognized the significant impact of art on early reading experiences, awarding the Caldecott Medal for excellence in this area. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious and highly coveted medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The exhibition Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations includes original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and from “runner-up” Honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists. This exhibition of works from Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s permanent collection celebrates the vision and talent of twenty-eight award-winning artists. These illustrations are widely recognized not only as artistic classics in children’s literature but also as the source of countless beloved memories for the young and young at heart.

The Caldecott Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations is part of the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. The museum has collected children’s book illustrations for more than fifty years.

Chris Van Allsburg - Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg - Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg (b. 1949), Jumanji, 1980; graphite, 15 1/2 x 17 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University



Young at Art - Downtown Library

Young at Art - Downtown Library

Young at Art - Downtown Library

Young at Art - Downtown Library