Out with the Mean Old Librarians, and in with the New Tattooed Ones

By Ross Howerton - 
Out with the Mean Old Librarians, and in with the New Tattooed Ones

I wish my elementary school had had a librarian as cool as these tattooed ones.

As a lover of books and libraries and as a believer in the power of children's literature to educate and inspire young people everywhere, I am happy to report that librarians are getting tattoos in honor of winners of the highly coveted Caldecott Medal. If you're not familiar with the world of books for kids, this award is basically its equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. Fondly referring to their new body art as "Caldetatts," these cool librarians show off these adorable illustrations at the annual Youth Media Awards (YMAs) in San Francisco, which, as you can tell in the photos below, is well on its way to transforming the American Library Association's biggest annual event into a tattoo convention.

As one can see in the photos above, the main character from the 2015 Caldecott winner, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Ben Santat, left a strong impression on many lives, especially these ink-up librarians.

Continuing the trend of Caldetatts that started with tattoos of Beekle and his crown, this year's winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, also made its mark on several librarians. The book's cover image featuring a bee was by far the fan favorite for tattoo enthusiasts who also love the Dewy Decimal System. 

The best bee inspired by Laura Ruby yet. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians

I hope you liked this piece about bookworms with tattoos. Though this convention only happens once a year, I'll do my best to remember to share the images of new art work when the YMAs happen again.  

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