Gr 5-8-In the mid-1700s, Newbery realized that there was a market for books specifically written for children, and he began publishing them. More than 100 years later, Caldecott brought life and color to children's books with his wonderful illustrations. Today these men are remembered by the awards that carry their names. Bankston's writing style is a bit livelier than Roberts's, though both books are readable and are enhanced by the illustrations from the men's early works. Both authors give an overview of the times in which their subjects lived and information about their lives, contributions, and influences. In addition, there is a discussion of the creation of each of the ALA medals and a list of the winners through 2003. These books are quite accessible and give today's readers reasons to appreciate Newbery's and Caldecott's early work in children's literature. Both are suitable for general purchase.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.