January 26, 2012
Illustrator Chris Raschka wins a second Caldecott Medal
Illustrator Chris Raschka has done it again. Won the Caldecott Medal, that is. For the unfamiliar, that is the annual award for the top U.S. picture book artist, given by the Association of Library Service to Children/American Library Association.
Raschka, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, N.Y., is a graduate of St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., one of the ELCA’s 26 colleges and universities.
Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott for A Ball for Daisy, a wordless book that even the youngest children can “read” to themselves or others. He’s the past recipient of the 2006 Caldecott for The Hello, Goodbye Window, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats Award and several New York Times Best Illustrated Book Awards.
He’s written and illustrated more than 40 children’s books. He even had time to create original art for an Easter story ("Down a long road," April 2009) in The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian magazines, publications for children aged 2 to 7, produced by the staff of The Lutheran.
In a February 2008 interview with The Lutheran magazine, Raschka said the key to successfully writing a book is to talk with—not down to—readers. Click here for the full text.