Flowers were recently placed on the grave of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), internationally recognized English illustrator, artist, and sculptor, in Evergreen Cemetery, by his great, great nephew, Keeling Anthony
and his wife Rosemary,
who were visiting St. Augustine from New Barnet, located in the northern suburbs of London, England. The floral presentation was attended by three founding members of the local Caldecott Society of America, Art Boccieri,
Vice President of RCSA, Allan Reichert,
Treasurer, RCSA, and Anne Boccieri.
Anthony's great grandmother, Sophia, was a sister to the famous illustrator. Sophia maintained a large family scrapbook of her brother Randolph's art career and the treasured scrapbook now belongs to Anthony. The Anthonys are members of the Caldecott Society in the United Kingdom for which he serves as Webmaster for the society's web site. While staying in St. Augustine the Anthonys were guests at the "63 Orange Street" B&B, Jackie Kent, owner. They have been hosted by several of the local RCSA members, Wynema Gatewood, Beryl Rogers, Art and Anne Boccieri, and Allan and Gwen Reichert.
The American Library Association annually presents the Caldecott Medal to the illustrator of the "most outstanding" Children's Book published in America during the previous year. The 2006 Caldecott Medal winning illustrator is Chris Raschka for the book, The Hello, Goodbye Window.