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EPL Children’s Librarian Brian Wilson was recently elected to serve on the 2017 Caldecott Award Selection Committee. The Caldecott Medal is the highest honor awarded to an illustrated children’s book published in the United States. He has also served on the Monarch, Bluestem, and Odyssey Awards committees, and reviews audiobooks and DVDs for Booklist magazine.
Mr. Wilson, who has worked at the Evanston Public Library since 2001, serves as selector for the library’s picture books, one of the most popular collections circulating in the library. He also leads a very well-attended storytime program for preschoolers and publishes a blog entitled “Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks.” For the past five years, he has presented an annual Favorite Picture Books countdown for the public in December at the Library.
Mr. Wilson said of this honor: “It’s a humbling privilege to be a part of this award’s great history and tradition of
honoring such distinguished books as ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ ‘The Snowy Day,’ ‘My Friend Rabbit,’ ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret,’ Jerry Pinkney’s version of ‘The Lion and the Mouse,’ and ‘The Adventures of Beekle,’ among others. This has been a career dream of mine because this award brings together my lifelong admiration for art, and love for illustrated books for young people.”
Karen Danczak Lyons, EPL Library Director said that “this national recognition by his peers underscores Brian’s talent, his commitment, and his expertise in picture books.”
Caldecott committee members typically review several hundred books during the award selection process. The Caldecott Award winner will be announced in January 2017 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. The award will be presented to the winner in June 2017 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.