On this day in 1846, Randolph Caldecott was born in Chester, England. Caldecott was one of the most influential illustrators of the 19th century.
Ever year an award in his honor is given to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States." The medal features on of Caldecott's illustrations from the "The Diverting Story of John Gilpin." It depicts John Gilpin riding a runaway horse along with startled geese, dogs, and onlookers.
The Caldecott Winner for 2012 was A Ball for Daisy, a wordless book illustrated by Chris Rhaschka.