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Caldecott Medal Winners


The Caldecott Medal, named after nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded every year by the American Library Association to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.






Steptoe, Javaka
JB B2932ST

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Mattick, Lindsay
JE MATTI

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
Santat, Dan
JE SANTA

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.
Floca, Brian
J385 FLOCA

Learn what it was like to travel on the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s.
Klassen, Jon
JE KLASS

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
Raschka, Chris
JE RASCH

A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.
Stead, Philip
JE STEAD

Amos McGee was a zookeeper who always made time for his animal friends. One day when his sniffles and sneezes prevented him from going to the zoo, he received some unexpected guests --his friends from the zoo!
Pinkney, Jerry
JE PINKN

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
Swanson, Susan Marie
JE SWANS

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
Selznick, Brian
J SELZN

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Wiesner, David
JE WIESN

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
Juster, Norton
JE JUSTE

This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it.
Henkes, Kevin
JE HENKE

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
Gerstein, Mordicai
JE GERST

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
Rohmann, Eric
JE ROHMA

Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.
Wiesner, David
J398.24

The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.
St. George, Judith
J973.099

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
Taback, Simms
JE TABAC

A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
Martin, Jacquiline Briggs
J551.5784

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
Zelinsky, Paul O.
J398.2

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.
Wisniewski, David
J398.2

A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
Rathmann, Peggy
JE RATHM

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Bunting, Eve
JE

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
Say, Allen
JE SAY

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
McCully, Emily Arnold
JE MCCUL

Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.
Wiesner, David
JE WIESN

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
Macaulay, David
J MACAU

Four stories are told simultaneously, with each double-page spread divided into quadrants. The stories do not necessarily take place at the same moment in time, but are they really one story?
Young, Ed
J398.2

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Ackerman, Karen
JE ACKER

Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
Yolen, Jane
JE YOLEN

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
Yorinks, Arthur
JE YORKIN

A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.
Van Allsburg, Chris
JE VANAL

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
Hodges, Margaret
J398.2

Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.
Provensen, Alice
J629.13

A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel.
Cendrars, Blaise
J841

Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.
Van Allsburg, Chris
J VANAL

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Lobel, Arnold
J LOBEL

Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
Hall, Donald
JE HALL

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.
Goble, Paul
JE GOBLE

Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
Spier, Peter
J222.1

Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
Musgrove, Margaret
J916

Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
Aardema, Verna
J398.2

A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
McDermott, Gerald
J398.2

An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.
Zemach, Harve
J398.2

The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire's name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil's name.
Mosel, Arlene
J398.2

While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.
Hogrogian, Nonny
J HOGRO

After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.
Haley, Gail E.
J398.2

Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
Steig, William
JE STEIG

In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey, asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock, but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.
Ransome, Arthur
J398.2

When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.
Emberley, Barbara
JE EMBER

A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.
Ness, Evaline
JE NESS

Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between make believe and real life.
Leodhas, Sorche Nic
J784.4941

In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk
JE DEREG

A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.
Sendak, Maurice
JE SENDA

Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the Land of Wild Things, where he is made king.
Keats, Ezra Jack
JE KEATS

This story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
Brown, Marcia
JE BROWN

As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.
Robbins, Ruth
J398.2

The Russian folktale about an old woman's endless search for the Christ child.
Ets, Marie Hall & Aurora Labastida
JE ETS

Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a pi�?�±ata for it.
Adopted from Chaucer by Barbara Cooney
JE COONE

King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom.
McCloskey, Robert
JE MCCLO

Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.
Udry, Janice May
JE UDRY

Briefly describes the value of a tree.
Langstaff, John
JE LANGS

Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
Perrault, Charles
J398.2

In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
Bemelmans, Ludwig
JE BEMEL

A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.
Ward, Lynd
JE WARD

Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
Lipkind, William & Nicolas Mordvinoff
JE WILL

Two dogs find one bone and have difficulty deciding which of them owns it.
Milhous, Katherine
JE MILHO

Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
Politi, Leo
JE POLIT

Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day the next spring.
Hader, Berta & Elmer
JE HADER

Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.
Tresselt, Alvin
JE TRESS

When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
MacDonald, Golden
JE MACDO

Depicts the changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches.
Petersham, Maude & Miska
J398.8 PETER

A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
Field, Rachel
J242.82 FIELD

An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.
Thurber, James
J THURB

Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
Burton, Virginia Lee
JE BURTO

A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
McCloskey, Robert
JE MCCLO

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
Lawson, Robert
J920 LAWSO

Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.
D'Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar Parin
JB L638DA

Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.
Handforth, Thomas
JE HANDF

After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year's Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.
Fish, Helen Dean
J220.859 LATHR

In this Caldecott Medal winning book, stories about animals from the King James Bible are retold and illustrated.