Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations


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, including the first Caldecott Award recipient Dorothy P. Lathrop (1938), two-time winner Chris Van Allsburg (1982, 1986), and Maurice Sendak (1964), whose work Where the Wild Things Are, like Van Allsburg’s Jumanji and The Polar Express, was adapted for the big screen. 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.

More than mere relics of the carefree days of youth, picture books occupy a unique place in our cultural landscape. For generations, images have worked alongside text, not in any subordinate manner, but as crucial components in the construction and exploration of story worlds. The transformative power of picture books is undeniable for the many ways young readers are invited to and enthusiastically participate in reading.

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.

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Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations is touring May 2018–April 2021. The dates below reflect five-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

  • May 15–June 20, 2018
    Little Rock, AR
  • July 5–August 16, 2018
    Temecula, CA
  • September 1–October 5, 2018
    Moses Lake, WA
  • October 21–November 30, 2018
    Fort Morgan, CO
  • December 15, 2018–March 10, 2019
    Waco, TX
  • March 25–April 30, 2019
    Provo, UT
  • May 15–June 20, 2019
    West Lafayette, IN
  • July 5–October 5, 2019
    Midland, TX
  • October 21, 2019–January 19, 2020
    Chicago, IL
  • February 3–April 30, 2020
    Haverhill, MA
  • May 15–June 20, 2020
  • July 5–August 16, 2020
  • September 1–October 5, 2020
    Chelsea, MI
  • October 21–November 30, 2020
  • December 15, 2020–April 30, 2021
    Greenville, SC

Exhibition Details

approximately thirty-five original illustrations and fifteen books

  • Content

    Fee Includes

    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By

    Danny Bills, curator of collections and exhibitions at Wichita Falls Museum of Art

  • Organized By

    Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee


  • In-Region Rental Fee


  • Duration

    five weeks

  • Shipping

    Van Line

  • Running Feet

    approximately 150

  • Square Feet


  • Security


  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    approximately three

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.