Update: The Caldecott Medal winner is The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney . Receiving the Honor Book designation are All the World , written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee and Red Sings From Treetops , written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
There is a familiar face on the national committee of librarians who will award the prestigious Caldecott Medal  to the illustrator of this year’s most distinguished children’s picture book.
Our very own Columbia librarian Brandy Sanchez is one of 15 librarians who will select the winner this January. Brandy read over 650 picture books to prepare for the awards process, and each month of 2009 she and the committee whittled the list of titles down to a smaller and smaller set of nominees. They’ll discuss them in depth and vote at the American Library Association (ALA) mid-winter conference . The winner will be announced January 18.
Brandy worked at the Columbia Public Library from 2003-07, helping with story time programs and working at the desks while she earned her master’s degree in library science. After a stint at the Missouri State Library  as a continuing education consultant, Brandy came back to DBRL in 2009 as a librarian. She joins her colleague, children’s services manager Sarah Howard, in being appointed to a national children’s book award committee. Sarah helped pick the 2004 Newbery Medal  winner, “The Tale of Despereaux ” by Kate DiCamillo.
After the award has been announced, we'll publish more from Brandy Sanchez about the winning book and other great children’s books among the nominees.
Some of Brandy’s Favorite Past Caldecott Winners
- Make Way for Ducklings  by Robert McCloskey
- Where the Wild Things Are  by Maurice Sendak
- Ox-Cart Man  by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
- Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China  by Ed Young
- Tuesday  by David Wiesner
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick