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
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
by Kwame Alexander
Published in 2019 by Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
Published in 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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
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
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
A Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
Published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade Books
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
by Eve Bunting
Published in 1994 by Harcourt Brace
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
Mirette on the High Wire
by Emily Arnold McCully
Published in 1992 by G.P. Putnams Sons
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
Black and White
by David Macaulay
Published in 1990 by Houghton Mifflin
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
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
by Arthur Yorinks
Published in 1986 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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
St. George and the Dragon
by Margaret Hodges
Published in 1984 by Little, Brown & Co.
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
by Blaise Cendrars
Published in 1982 by Scribner/Macmillan
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
Duffy and the Devil
by Harve & Margot Zemach
Published in 1973 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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
A Story, A Story: An African Tale
by Gail E. Haley
Published in 1970 by Aladdin/Macmillan
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
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
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
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maruice Sendak
Published in 1963 by Harper & Row Junior Books
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
Baboushka and the Three Kings
by Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov, Mary Clement Sanks & Edith Matilda Thomas
Published in 1960 by Parnassus/Houghton Mifflin
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
Time of Wonder
by Robert McCloskey
Published in 1957 by Viking Penguin
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
Prayer for a Child
by Rachel Field
Published in 1944 by Macmillan
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
Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book
by Dorothy Lathrop
Published in 1937 by Lippincott/Harper & Row Junior Books
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