Paperback Cover Art by the Caldecott Medal Winners

While organizing the paperback chapter books in their own bookcase at home the other week, I was looking at the cover art and found five novels by well-known writers whose the publishers commissioned cover illustrations by the best talent. Their children’s books have won multiple Caldecotts, Caldecott Honors, many other awards too numerous to record here.  To turn this post into a snowy day COVID pastime, match the artist to his or her cover.  If your sharp eye needs some prompting, clues have been are provided…  Answers appear at the end. 1. Edward Gorey.  Clue: Bad aunts, bad days, mysterious gardens, and trains barreling over the Arctic Circle.

2. Brian Selznick. Clue: Knick-nack Paddy Whack, Rumpelstiltskin!

3. Chris Van Allsburg. Clue: One of the first white American illustrators  to include black characters into illustrations regularly on principle.   Authors illustrated range from Lindgren to Chaucer to J. M. Barrie and  partner Barbara Rogasky.

4. Paul O. Zelinsky. On the CV are covers for the 20th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the book that was the basis for an Oscar-award winning film directed by Martin Scorsese.

5. Trina Schart Hyman. Clue: Mystery! title sequence, balletomane, and only major cover designer in the lot.


Answers: 1.  Chris Van Allsburg   2.  Paul Zelinsky  3. Trina Schart Hyman   4.  Brian Selznick  5. Edward Gorey