The Caldecott Medal is presented annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year. Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, The American Library Association.
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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.
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
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.
A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
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.
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
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.
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
Looking through the kitchen window, a little girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye.
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
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.
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.
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
A retelling of the German folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress.
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
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.
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
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.
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons.
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
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.
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.
A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.
Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
A well-mannered little boy, frequently invited to visit the king and queen, always asks to bring a friend--and the friends are always wild animals--and always well-behaved.
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild thing where he becomes their king.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.
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.
Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it.
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.
Briefly describes the value of a tree.
Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
In her haste to leave the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
Two dogs each claim a bone they have found and ask passersby for help in deciding ownership.
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
Tells the story of the coming of spring and the kindliness of the San Juan Capistrano Mission as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations.
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
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.
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
Story about a mallard family who make their home near a pond in the Public Garden in Boston.
Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.
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.
Contains full-page pictures of animals with their stories, taken from both the Old and New Testaments.