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Caldecott Medal Winners

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.


We Are Water Protectors

by Lindstrom, Carole
Published in 2020 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781250203557

When a black snake threatens to destroy the earth, one young water protector takes a stand to defend the planet's water, in a tale inspired by the many indigenous-led conservation movements across North America.

2021 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander
Published in 2019 by Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781328780966

This is a powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest artists, athletes, and activists.

2020 Caldecott Medal Winner

Hello Lighthouse

by Sophie Blackall
Published in 2019 by Orchard Books
ISBN: 9781408357163

On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the light house beams... But change is on the horizon.

2019 Caldecott Medal Winner

Wolf in the Snow

by Matthew Cordell
Published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends
ISBN: 9781250076366

When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.

2018 Caldecott Medal Winner

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by Javaka Steptoe
Published in 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316213882

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen.

2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

by Lindsay Mattick
Published in 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316324908

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.

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by Dan Santat
Published in 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316199988

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.

2015 Caldecott Medal Winner


by Brian Floca
Published in 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781416994152

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

2014 Caldecott Medal Winner

This Is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen
Published in 2012 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763655990

A little fish thinks he can get away with stealing a hat.

2013 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka
Published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade Books
ISBN: 9780375858611

Here's a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog.

2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Philip Christian Stead
Published in 2010 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781596434028

In this tender tale of reciprocity and friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and receives a surprise visit from his caring animal friends. Erin Stead’s delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work complement Philip Stead’s understated, spare and humorous text to create a well-paced, gentle and satisfying book, perfect for sharing with friends.

2011 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Lion & The Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney
Published in 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316013567

In this wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables by an award-winning artist, an unlikely pair learns that no act of kindness is ever wasted. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling. In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

2010 Caldecott Medal Winner

The House in the Night

by Beth Krommes
Published in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780618862443

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers--a key, a bed, the moon--this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

2009 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick
Published in 2007 by Scholastic
ISBN: 9780439813785

Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Caldecott Honor artist Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience in this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner


by David Wiesner
Published in 2006 by Clarion
ISBN: 9780618194575

In this wordless masterpiece from a two-time Caldecott medalist, a bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Full color. A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share...and to keep.

2007 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Hello Goodbye Window

by Norton Juster
Published in 2005 by Michael di Capua Books
ISBN: 9780786809141

The first picture book by the author of the classic "The Phantom Tollbooth" tells the story of a little girl who finds a magic gateway in the kitchen window of her grandparents' house and the voyage of discovery she takes. Full color. This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. 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. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

2006 Caldecott Medal Winner

Kitten’s First Full Moon

by Kevin Henkes
Published in 2004 by Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 9780060588298

From one of the most beloved picture book creators of today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure. Kitten sees her first full moon, but she thinks it's a bowl of milk and tries to get at it. Full color. What a night!

2005 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein
Published in 2003 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9780761328681

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and - in two dramatic foldout spreads - the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.

2004 Caldecott Medal Winner

My Friend Rabbit

by Eric Rohmann
Published in 2002 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9780761315353

When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.

2003 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner
Published in 2001 by Clarion
ISBN: 9780618007011

Caldecott medalist David Wiesner offers a playful deconstruction of a favorite nursery tale. In "The Three Pigs", dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Full color. This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf's huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story...and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects--cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight.

2002 Caldecott Medal Winner

So You Want to Be President?

by Judith St. George
Published in 2000 by Philomel Books
ISBN: 9780399234071

Hilariously illustrated by Caldecott honor-winning artist Small, this celebration shows the foibles, quirks, and the humanity of 41 men who have risen to serve as United States presidents. Full color. Rosie is just a scrawny alley kitten, but she's braver than she looks -- and that's a good thing, because when a little girl brings her home, Rosie will meet the family dog, confront wild animals, be fooled by her reflection and find herself out on a limb. It will take some time for Rosie to get used to her new surroundings, but she eagerly laps it up, and her new family can't help loving her.In this charming alphabet book, Niki Clark Leopold and Susan Jeffers join forces to introduce us to a most endearing kitten on her journey of discovery.

2001 Caldecott Medal Winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

by Simms Taback
Published in 1999 by Viking Children's Books
ISBN: 9780670878550

As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what a man will be making next out of his shabby overcoat. Full color. Joseph's coat got too old and shabby; he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that? As you turn the pages of this book, die-cut holes are cleverly used to show what Joseph will make next out of his old clothing until he has nothing left.

2000 Caldecott Medal Winner

Snowflake Bentley

by Mary Azarian
Published in 1998 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395861622

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

1999 Caldecott Medal Winner


by Paul O. Zelinsky
Published in 1997 by Dutton Children's Books
ISBN: 9780525456070

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.

1998 Caldecott Medal Winner


by David Wisniewski
Published in 1996 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780395726181

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

1997 Caldecott Medal Winner

Officer Buckle and Gloria

by Peggy Rathmann
Published in 1995 by Putnam
ISBN: 9780399226168

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.

1996 Caldecott Medal Winner

Smoky Night

by Eve Bunting
Published in 1994 by Harcourt Brace
ISBN: 9780152699543

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.

1995 Caldecott Medal Winner

Grandfather’s Journey

by Allen Say
Published in 1993 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395570357

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.

1994 Caldecott Medal Winner

Mirette on the High Wire

by Emily Arnold McCully
Published in 1992 by G.P. Putnams Sons
ISBN: 9780399221309

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.

1993 Caldecott Medal Winner


by David Wiesner
Published in 1991 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780395551134

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

1992 Caldecott Medal Winner

Black and White

by David Macaulay
Published in 1990 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780618636877

Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.

1991 Caldecott Medal Winner

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China

by Ed Young
Published in 1989 by Philomel Books
ISBN: 9780399216190

Through dramatic wolf images, Young brings new perspectives to this compelling story of three little girls who outwit a wolf posing as their grandmother.

1990 Caldecott Medal Winner

Song and Dance Man

by Karen Ackerman
Published in 1988 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780394893303

An illustrated collection of sixty-four traditional nursery rhymes.

1989 Caldecott Medal Winner

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen
Published in 1987 by Philomel/Putnam
ISBN: 9780399214578

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

1988 Caldecott Medal Winner

Hey, Al!

by Arthur Yorinks
Published in 1986 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 9780374330606

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.

1987 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg
Published in 1985 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395389492

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

1986 Caldecott Medal Winner

St. George and the Dragon

by Margaret Hodges
Published in 1984 by Little, Brown & Co.
ISBN: 9780316367899 

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.

1985 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Glorious Flight

by Alice & Martin Provensen
Published in 1983 by Penguin
ISBN: 9780670342594

A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Blériot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900s.

1984 Caldecott Medal Winner


by Blaise Cendrars
Published in 1982 by Scribner/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780684172262 

Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting image of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.

1983 Caldecott Medal Winner


by Chris Van Allsburg
Published in 1981 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395304488

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.

1982 Caldecott Medal Winner


by Arnold Lobel
Published in 1980 by Harper & Row Junior Books
ISBN: 9780060239749

Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

1981 Caldecott Medal Winner

Ox-Cart Man

by Donald Hall
Published in 1979 by Penguin
ISBN: 9780670533282

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

1980 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

by Paul Goble
Published in 1978 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689845048

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

1979 Caldecott Medal Winner

Noah’s Ark

by Peter Spier
Published in 1977 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385094733

Retells in rhyme how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.

1978 Caldecott Medal Winner

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

by Margaret Musgrove
Published in 1976 by Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780803703575

Explains some traditions and customs of twenty-six African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.

1977 Caldecott Medal Winner

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

by Leo Dillon & Verna Aardema
Published in 1975 by Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780803760875

Reveals the meaning of the mosquitoes buzz.

1976 Caldecott Medal Winner

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

by Gerald McDermott
Published in 1974 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780670133697

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.

1975 Caldecott Medal Winner

Duffy and the Devil

by Harve & Margot Zemach
Published in 1973 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 9780374318871

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.

1974 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Funny Little Woman

by Arlene Mosel
Published in 1972 by E.P. Dutton
ISBN: 0140547533

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.

1973 Caldecott Medal Winner

One Fine Day

by Nonny Hogrogian
Published in 1971 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027440003

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.

1972 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Story, A Story: An African Tale

by Gail E. Haley
Published in 1970 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689205118

Many African stories are called "Spider stories". This book is about how that came to be. And it tells that long, long ago there were no stories on earth for children to hear. All stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky god. Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy some of these stories, so he spun a web up to the sky and went to bargain with the Sky god.

1971 Caldecott Medal Winner

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig
Published in 1969 by Windmill/E.P. Dutton
ISBN: 9780671662691

In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

1970 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

by Arthur Ransome & Uri Shulevitz
Published in 1968 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 9780374324421

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.

1969 Caldecott Medal Winner

Drummer Hoff

by Barbara & Ed Emberley
Published in 1967 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0671662481

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

1968 Caldecott Medal Winner

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

by Evaline Ness
Published in 1966 by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN: 9780805003147

Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between make-believe and real life.

1967 Caldecott Medal Winner

Always Room for One More

by Sorche Nic Leodhas
Published in 1965 by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN: 9780805003314

In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.

1966 Caldecott Medal Winner

May I Bring a Friend?

by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers & Beni Montresor
Published in 1964 by Atheneum/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689206153

A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.

1965 Caldecott Medal Winner

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maruice Sendak
Published in 1963 by Harper & Row Junior Books
ISBN: 9780060254926

Follow Max, a rambunctious boy who feels misunderstood at home, as he sets out in a tiny boat, seeking new worlds across the sea and lands on the incredible island of the wild things--where being made king of the beasts may not be all that grand.

1964 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats
Published in 1962 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780670654000

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

1963 Caldecott Medal Winner

Once a Mouse…

by Marcia Brown
Published in 1961 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780684126623

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

1962 Caldecott Medal Winner

Baboushka and the Three Kings

by Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov, Mary Clement Sanks & Edith Matilda Thomas
Published in 1960 by Parnassus/Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395276730

An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season.

1961 Caldecott Medal Winner

Nine Days to Christmas

by Marie Hall Ets, Aurora Labastida
Published in 1959 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780140544428

Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it.

1960 Caldecott Medal Winner

Chanticleer and the Fox

by Barbara Cooney
Published in 1958 by Trophy/Harper & Row Junior Books
ISBN: 9780690185621

A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

1959 Caldecott Medal Winner

Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey
Published in 1957 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780140502015

Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine. Describes the enchanting beauty of the island in rain, fog, sunshine, and hurricane.

1958 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Tree Is Nice

by Janice May Udry & Marc Simont
Published in 1956 by Trophy/Harper & Row Junior Books
ISBN: 9780064431477

Briefly describes the value of a tree.

1957 Caldecott Medal Winner

Frog Went A-Courtin’

by John Langstaff
Published in 1955 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN: 9780152302146

Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.

1956 Caldecott Medal Winner

Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

by Marcia Brown
Published in 1954 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780684126760

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

1955 Caldecott Medal Winner

Madeline’s Rescue

by Ludwig Bemelmans
Published in 1953 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780670447169

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

1954 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Biggest Bear

by Lynd Ward
Published in 1952 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395148068

Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.

1953 Caldecott Medal Winner

Finders Keepers

by Nicolas Will & Fritz Eichenberg
Published in 1951 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN: 9780156309509

Two dogs who have found a bone can't decide who should eat it.

1952 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Egg Tree

by Katherine Milhous
Published in 1950 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689715686

Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.

1951 Caldecott Medal Winner

Song of the Swallows

by Leo Politi
Published in 1949 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780684188317

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.

1950 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Big Snow

by Berta Hader
Published in 1948 by Aladdin/Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689717574

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

1949 Caldecott Medal Winner

White Snow, Bright Snow

by Alvin Tresselt
Published in 1947 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
ISBN: 9780688511616

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

1948 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Little Island

by Margaret Wise Brown
Published in 1946 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780440408307

A little kitten comes ashore on a beautiful island.

1947 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Rooster Crows

by Maude & Miska Petersham
Published in 1945 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027731002

A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.

1946 Caldecott Medal Winner

Prayer for a Child

by Rachel Field
Published in 1944 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027351903

Winner of the Caldecott Medal and in print since 1941, this is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It is full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God.

1945 Caldecott Medal Winner

Many Moons

by James Thurber
Published in 1943 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN: 9780152518721

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

1944 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton
Published in 1942 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395181560

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

1943 Caldecott Medal Winner

Make Way for Ducklings

by Robert McCloskey
Published in 1941 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780670451494

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

1942 Caldecott Medal Winner

They Were Strong and Good

by Robert Lawson
Published in 1940 by Viking Penguin
ISBN: 9780670699490

Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.

1941 Caldecott Medal Winner

Abraham Lincoln

by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Published in 1939 by Zephyr/Doubleday
ISBN: 9780440406907

Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

1940 Caldecott Medal Winner

Mei Li

by Thomas Handforth
Published in 1938 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780437451750

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.

1939 Caldecott Medal Winner

Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book

by Dorothy Lathrop
Published in 1937 by Lippincott/Harper & Row Junior Books
ISBN: 9780397300471

The Old and New Testaments of the King James Version are the sources for the thirty-one stories about animals; the illustrations include the flora of biblical lands and portray the animals with reverence.

1938 Caldecott Medal Winner

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