2003-2004 Programs Available: Linnea Hendrickson

Audience: children/adults; all presentations adaptable to take from 30 minutes to one hour


The Caldecott Award: An Insider’s View

     How is this prestigious award chosen?  What is it like to be on the award committee?  How is “the most distinguished” book chosen from the hundreds of eligible books published each year?  What were this committee member’s choices and thoughts?  This presentation will include selected readings and a discussion of this year’s winners, honor books, and favorites that didn’t make it to the top.  Available beginning January 15, 2004.


Slide Show and Talk: Caldecott Books through Time

     A history of the Caldecott Award, from 1938 to the present. Versions of this presentation have been given at the New Mexico Library Association, the Children’s Writer’s Boot Camp, the Rio Rancho public library, and to numerous students studying children’s literature.


Slide Show and Talk: Tour de Poetry

     Discusses recent books of multicultural and international poetry available for children. Slide show can be combined with a longer presentation including poetry performance and group participation. First presented at the Children’s Literature Association conference in El Paso, 2003.


Other Slides Shows and Presentations Include:


            The View from Rapunzel’s Tower 

            The Southwest in Picture Books for Children

            Radical Change in Children’s Nonfiction

            Black and White: A Primer in the Art of the Picture Book


To arrange for a presentation, or for further information,

please contact Linnea at:




1312 Los Arboles NW

Albuquerque, NM 87107

See also website: www.unm.edu/~lhendr


Biographical Note: Linnea Hendrickson is currently an elementary school librarian in Albuquerque. She has taught children’s literature part-time at the University of New Mexico since 1987, and is the author of Children’s Literature: A Guide to the Criticism and numerous articles on children’s literature.  She reviews children’s books for Kirkus Reviews, and is a member of the 2003-2004 Caldecott Award Committee.  She has also served on the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Committee, the Phoenix Award Committee of the Children’s Literature Association, and the Sibert Award Committee for informational books for children.