Bexley News

Caldecott Read-In spotlights children's literature

Bexley City Schools' librarians will host their annual Caldecott Read-In from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Cassingham/Bexley Middle School library, 250 S. Cassingham Road in Bexley.

Read-In participants review, read and discuss picture books that are contenders for the Caldecott Award, given by the American Library Association to the top picture books for children and the ALA's Newbery Award.

The official Caldecott contenders are not public, so Bexley's Read-In book selections are the librarians' best guesses for possible candidates. The event also features "book talk" sessions about some of the best chapter books of the year.

Teachers, librarians and book lovers are invited to read as many of the titles on the Newbery Challenge list as possible. The Newbery list can be accessed online at

The Caldecott Read-In full day option, at a cost of $20, includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Half-day participants pay $15, without lunch.

Door prizes will be awarded and books are available for purchase.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Caldecott annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Later this month, the ALA will announce both the Caldecott and the Newbery Medal for the year.

For registration or information about the event, contact Debbie Ballinger at 614-237-3280 or