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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WinnerThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat Illustrated by Dan Santat
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.
- Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo Illustrated by Lauren Castillo
- Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen
- The noisy paint box : the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
- The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
- Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
WinnerLocomotive by Brian Floca Illustrated by Brian Floca
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
WinnerThis Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Illustrated by Jon Klassen
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.
- Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown
- Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen
- Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo Illustrated by David Small
- Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
WinnerA Ball for Daisy by Christopher Raschka Illustrated by Christopher Raschka
A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.
WinnerA Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
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.
WinnerThe Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
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.
WinnerThe House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson Illustrated by Beth Krommes
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
WinnerThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Illustrated by Brian Selznick
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.
- First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- Henry's Freedom Box : A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- Knuffle Bunny Too : A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems Illustrated by Christian Robinson
- The Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis Illustrated by Peter Sis
WinnerFlotsam by David Wiesner Illustrated by David Wiesner
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
WinnerThe Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster Illustrated by Christopher Raschka
Looking through the kitchen window, a little girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye.
- Hot Air : The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
- Rosa by Nikki Giovanni Illustrated by Bryan Collier
- Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange
- Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Illustrated by Jon J. Muth
WinnerKitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
WinnerThe Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
WinnerMy Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
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.
WinnerThe Three Pigs by David Wiesner Illustrated by David Wiesner
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.
WinnerSo You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George Illustrated by David Small
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
WinnerJoseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback Illustrated by Simms Taback
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
WinnerSnowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin Illustrated by Mary Azarian
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
WinnerRapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
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.
WinnerGolem by David Wisniewski Illustrated by David Wisniewski
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
WinnerOfficer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
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.
WinnerSmoky Night by Eve Bunting Illustrated by David Diaz
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.
WinnerGrandfather's Journey by Allen Say Illustrated by Allen 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.
- In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming Illustrated by Denise Fleming
- Owen by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
- Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone Illustrated by Ted Lewin
- Raven : A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott Illustrated by Gerald McDermott
- Yo! Yes? by Christopher Raschka Illustrated by Christopher Raschka
WinnerMirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
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.
WinnerTuesday by David Wiesner Illustrated by David Wiesner
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
WinnerBlack and White by David Macaulay Illustrated by David Macaulay
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.
WinnerLon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young Illustrated by Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
- Bill Peet : An Autobiography by Bill Peet Illustrated by Bill Peet
- Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
- Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
- The Talking Eggs : A Folktale from the American South by Robert D. San Souci Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
WinnerSong and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
WinnerOwl Moon by Jane Yolen Illustrated by John Schoenherr
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
WinnerHey, Al by Arthur Yorinks Illustrated by Richard Egielski
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.
WinnerThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
WinnerSaint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
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.
WinnerThe Glorious Flight : Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice Provensen Illustrated by Alice Provensen
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.
WinnerShadow by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
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.
WinnerJumanji by Chris Van Allsburg Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
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.
- A Visit to William Blake's Inn : Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard Illustrated by Alice Provensen
- On Market Street by Arnold Lobel Illustrated by Anita Lobel
- Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
- Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
WinnerFables by Arnold Lobel Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
WinnerOx-Cart Man by Donald Hall Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons.
WinnerThe Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble Illustrated by Paul Goble
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
WinnerNoah's Ark by Peter Spier Illustrated by Peter Spier
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
WinnerAshanti to Zulu : African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove Illustrated by Leo Dillon
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
- Fish for Supper by M. B. Goffstein Illustrated by M. B. Goffstein
- Hawk, I'm Your Brother by Byrd Baylor Illustrated by Peter Parnall
- The Amazing Bone by William Steig Illustrated by William Steig
- The Contest by Nonny Hogrogian Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
- The Golem : A Jewish Legend by Beverly Brodsky McDermott Illustrated by Beverly Brodsky McDermott
WinnerWhy Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale by Verna Aardema Illustrated by Leo Dillon
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
WinnerArrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott Illustrated by Gerald McDermott
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.
WinnerDuffy and the Devil by Harve Zemach Illustrated by Margot Zemach
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.
WinnerThe Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel Illustrated by Blair Lent
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.
- Anansi the Spider : A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott Illustrated by Gerald McDermott
- Hosie's Alphabet by Hosea Baskin Illustrated by Leonard Baskin
- Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jarrell Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
- When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor Illustrated by Tom Bahti
WinnerOne Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
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.
WinnerA Story A Story by Gail Haley Illustrated by Gail Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
WinnerSylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig Illustrated by William Steig
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.
- Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni Illustrated by Leo Lionni
- Goggles! by Ezra J. Keats Illustrated by Ezra J. Keats
- Pop Corn and Ma Goodness by Edna Mitchell Preston Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
- The Judge : An Untrue Tale by Harve Zemach Illustrated by Margot Zemach
- Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle Illustrated by Brinton Turkle
WinnerThe Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
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.
WinnerDrummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley Illustrated by Ed Emberley
A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.
WinnerSam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness Illustrated by Evaline Ness
Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.
WinnerAlways Room for One More by Nic Leodhas Sorche Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
WinnerMay I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers Illustrated by Beni Montresor
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.
WinnerWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild thing where he becomes their king.
WinnerThe Snowy Day by Ezra J. Keats Illustrated by Ezra J. Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
WinnerOnce a Mouse by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.
WinnerBaboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov
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.
WinnerNine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Ets Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it.
WinnerChanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.
WinnerTime of Wonder by Robert McCloskey Illustrated by Robert McCloskey
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.
WinnerA Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry Illustrated by Marc Simont
Briefly describes the value of a tree.
- 1 is One by Tasha Tudor Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
- Anatole by Eve Titus Illustrated by Paul Galdone
- Gillespie and the Guards by Benjamin Elkin Illustrated by James Daugherty
- Lion by William Pene du Bois Illustrated by William Pene du Bois
- Mr. Penny's Race Horse by Marie Hall Ets Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
WinnerFrog Went A-Courtin' by John Langstaff Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
WinnerCinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
In her haste to leave the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
WinnerMadeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.
- A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
- Green Eyes by Abe Birnbaum Illustrated by Abe Birnbaum
- Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer Illustrated by Robert McCloskey
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier by M. R. James Illustrated by Marcia Brown
- When Will the World Be Mine? by Miriam Schlein Illustrated by Jean Charlot
WinnerThe Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward Illustrated by Lynd Ward
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
- Ape in a Cape : An Alphabet of Odd Animals by Fritz Eichenberg Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg
- Five Little Monkeys by Juliet Kepes Illustrated by Juliet Kepes
- One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey Illustrated by Robert McCloskey
- Puss in Boots by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
- The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
WinnerFinders Keepers by William Lipkind Illustrated by Nicholas Mordvinoff
Two dogs each claim a bone they have found and ask passersby for help in deciding ownership.
- All Falling Down by Gene Zion Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
- Bear Party by William Pene du Bois Illustrated by William Pene du Bois
- Feather Mountain by Elizabeth Olds Illustrated by Elizabeth Olds
- Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo by Marie Hall Ets Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
- Skipper John's Cook by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
WinnerThe Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous Illustrated by Katherine Milhous
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
- Dick Whittington and his Cat by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
- If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
- T-Bone, the Baby Sitter by Clare Turlay Newberry Illustrated by Clare Turlay Newberry
- The Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley Illustrated by Helen Stone
- The Two Reds by William Lipkind Illustrated by Nicholas Mordvinoff
WinnerSong of the Swallows by Leo Politi Illustrated by Leo Politi
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.
- America's Ethan Allen by Stewart Holbrook Illustrated by Lynd Ward
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
- Henry Fisherman by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
- The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss Illustrated by Marc Simont
- The Wild Birthday Cake by Lavinia R. Davis Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward
WinnerThe Big Snow by Berta Hader Illustrated by Berta Hader
Winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations.
WinnerWhite Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
- Bambino the Clown by Georges Schreiber Illustrated by Georges Schreiber
- McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
- Roger and the Fox by Lavinia R. Davis Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward
- Song of Robin Hood by Anne Malcolmson Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
- Stone Soup by Marcia Brown Illustrated by Marcia Brown
WinnerThe Little Island by Golden MacDonald Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
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.
- Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack Illustrated by Jan Hyde Barnum
- Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi Illustrated by Leo Politi
- Rain Drop Splash by Alvin Tresselt Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
- Sing in Praise : A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns by Opal Wheeler Illustrated by Marjorie Torrey
- Timothy Turtle by Al Graham Illustrated by Tony Palazzo
WinnerThe Rooster Crows by Maud Petersham Illustrated by Maud Petersham
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
WinnerPrayer for a Child by Rachel Field Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.
WinnerMany Moons by James Thurber Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
- A Child's Good Night Book by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Jean Charlot
- Good-Luck Horse by Chih-Yi Chan Illustrated by Plato Chan
- Pierre Pidgeon by Lee Kingman Illustrated by Arnold E. Bare
- Small Rain : Verses from the Bible by Jessie Orton Jones Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
- The Mighty Hunter by Berta Hader Illustrated by Berta Hader
WinnerThe Little House by Virginia Lee Burton Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
WinnerMake Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Illustrated by Robert McCloskey
Story about a mallard family who make their home near a pond in the Public Garden in Boston.
WinnerThey Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson Illustrated by Robert Lawson
Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.
WinnerAbraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire Illustrated by Ingri D'Aulaire
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.
WinnerMei Li by Thomas Handforth Illustrated by Thomas Handforth
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.
- Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty Illustrated by James Daugherty
- Barkis by Clare Turlay Newberry Illustrated by Clare Turlay Newberry
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gag Illustrated by Wanda Gag
- The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer Illustrated by Laura Adams Armer
- Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf Illustrated by Robert Lawson
WinnerAnimals of the Bible, A Picture Book by Helen Dean Fish Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop
Contains full-page pictures of animals with their stories, taken from both the Old and New Testaments.