Children's Book Awards


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.

CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
J385 FLOCA Floca, Brian Locomotive
Learn what it was like to travel on the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s.
2013
JE KLASS Klassen, Jon This Is Not My Hat
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.
2012
JE RASCH Raschka, Chris A Ball for Daisy
A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.
2011
JE STEAD Stead, Philip A Sick Day for Amos McGee
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!
2010
JE PINKN Pinkney, Jerry The Lion and the Mouse
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.
2009
JE SWANS Swanson, Susan Marie The House in the Night
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
2008
J SELZN Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
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.
2007
JE WIESN Wiesner, David Flotsam
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
2006
JE JUSTE Juster, Norton The Hello, Goodbye Window
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.
2005
JE HENKE Henkes, Kevin Kitten's First Full Moon
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
2004
JE GERST Gerstein, Mordicai The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
2003
JE ROHMA Rohmann, Eric My Friend Rabbit
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.
2002
J398.24 Wiesner, David The Three Pigs
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.
2001
J973.099 St. George, Judith So You Want to Be President?
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
2000
JE TABAC Taback, Simms Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
1999
J551.5784 Martin, Jacquiline Briggs Snowflake Bentley
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
1998
J398.2 Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel
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.
1997
J398.2 Wisniewski, David Golem
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
1996
JE RATHM Rathmann, Peggy Officer Buckle and Gloria
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.
1995
JE Bunting, Eve Smoky Night
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.
1994
JE SAY Say, Allen Grandfather's Journey
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.
1993
JE MCCUL McCully, Emily Arnold Mirette on the High Wire
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.
1992
JE WIESN Wiesner, David Tuesday
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
1991
J MACAU Macaulay, David Black and White
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?
1990
J398.2 Young, Ed Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
1989
JE ACKER Ackerman, Karen Song and Dance Man
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
1988
JE YOLEN Yolen, Jane Owl Moon
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
1987
JE YORKIN Yorinks, Arthur Hey, Al
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.
1986
JE VANAL Van Allsburg, Chris The Polar Express
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
1985
J398.2 Hodges, Margaret Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend
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.
1984
J629.13 Provensen, Alice The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
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.
1983
J841 Cendrars, Blaise Shadow
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.
1982
J VANAL Van Allsburg, Chris Jumanji
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.
1981
J LOBEL Lobel, Arnold Fables
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
1980
JE HALL Hall, Donald Ox-Cart Man
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.
1979
JE GOBLE Goble, Paul The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
1978
J222.1 Spier, Peter Noah's Ark
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
1977
J916 Musgrove, Margaret Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
1976
J398.2 Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
1975
J398.2 McDermott, Gerald Arrow to the Sun
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.
1974
J398.2 Zemach, Harve Duffy and the Devil
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.
1973
J398.2 Mosel, Arlene The Funny Little Woman
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.
1972
J HOGRO Hogrogian, Nonny One Fine Day
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.
1971
J398.2 Haley, Gail E. A Story, A Story: An African Tale
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
1970
JE STEIG Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
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.
1969
J398.2 Ransome, Arthur The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
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.
1968
JE EMBER Emberley, Barbara Drummer Hoff
A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.
1967
JE NESS Ness, Evaline Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between make believe and real life.
1966
J784.4941 Leodhas, Sorche Nic Always Room for One More
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
1965
JE DEREG de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk May I Bring a Friend?
A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.
1964
JE SENDA Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are
Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the Land of Wild Things, where he is made king.
1963
JE KEATS Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day
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.
1962
JE BROWN Brown, Marcia Once a Mouse...: A Fable Cut In Wood
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.
1961
J398.2 Robbins, Ruth Baboushka and the Three Kings
The Russian folktale about an old woman's endless search for the Christ child.
1960
JE ETS Ets, Marie Hall & Aurora Labastida Nine Days to Christmas
Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a pi�?�±ata for it.
1959
JE COONE Adopted from Chaucer by Barbara Cooney Chanticleer and the Fox
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.
1958
JE MCCLO McCloskey, Robert Time of Wonder
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.
1957
JE UDRY Udry, Janice May A Tree Is Nice
Briefly describes the value of a tree.
1956
JE LANGS Langstaff, John Frog Went A-Courtin'
Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
1955
J398.2 Perrault, Charles Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
1954
JE BEMEL Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline's Rescue
A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.
1953
JE WARD Ward, Lynd The Biggest Bear
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
1952
JE WILL Lipkind, William & Nicolas Mordvinoff Finders Keepers
Two dogs find one bone and have difficulty deciding which of them owns it.
1951
JE MILHO Milhous, Katherine The Egg Tree
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
1950
JE POLIT Politi, Leo Song of the Swallows
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.
1949
JE HADER Hader, Berta & Elmer The Big Snow
Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.
1948
JE TRESS Tresselt, Alvin White Snow, Bright Snow
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
1947
JE MACDO MacDonald, Golden The Little Island
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.
1946
J398.8 PETER Petersham, Maude & Miska The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
1945
J242.82 FIELD Field, Rachel Prayer for a Child
An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.
1944
J THURB Thurber, James Many Moons
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
1943
JE BURTO Burton, Virginia Lee The Little House
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
1942
JE MCCLO McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
1941
J920 LAWSO Lawson, Robert They Were Strong and Good
Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.
1940
JB L638DA D'Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar Parin Abraham Lincoln
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.
1939
JE HANDF Handforth, Thomas Mei Li
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.
1938
J220.859 LATHR Fish, Helen Dean Animals of the Bible: A Picture Book
In this Caldecott Medal winning book, stories about animals from the King James Bible are retold and illustrated.
1937

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