The Caldecott Medal
This has been awarded annually by the American Library Association since 1938 "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." Like the Newbery, there is one medal winner and usually a number of honor books. Also known loosely as the Caldecott award, winners are likely to stay in print indefinitely due to the Caldecott's prestige.
The links in the book titles take you to Amazon; if you prefer you can search for these books on IndieBound, the website of the independent booksellers. Just make a note of the titles you want, and then search for them at IndieBound. Scroll down past the book lists for links for more information and some interesting opinion pieces.
Caldecott Medal winners:
- 2017: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe.
- 2016: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick.
- Celebrating with Champagne and Donuts: Sophie Blackall's reaction.
- 2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat.
- 2014: Locomotive, by Brian Floca.
- 2013: This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen.
- 2012: A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka.
- 2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead.
- 2010: The Lion & the Mouse, written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
- 2009: The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes.
- 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick.
- 2007: Flotsam, by David Wiesner. His third Caldecott Medal.
- 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka.
- 2005: Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes.
- 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordecai Gerstein.
- 2003: My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann. The ALA press release praises it as a "lighthearted celebration of a friendship that will last..."
- 2002: The Three Pigs, by David Wiesner. The ALA press release said: "The plot and form of a familiar folktale unravels as the pigs are huffed and puffed off the page and into a new world."
Caldecott Honor books:
- Trombone Shorty, by Troy Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner.
- Waiting, by Kevin Henkes.
- Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
- Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Also a Newbery Medal winner.
- Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo.
- The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré.
- Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
- Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales.
- The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Also a Sibert Informational Award winner.
- This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. A graphic novel! (my personal excited comment). Also a Printz Honor Book.
- Journey, by Aaron Becker.
- Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle.
- Mr. Wuffles!, by David Weisner.
- Creepy Carrots!, by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown.
- Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
- Green, 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.
- Blackout, by John Rocco.
- Grandpa Green, by Lane Smith.
- Me . . . Jane, by Patrick McDonnell.
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier (also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner).
- Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein.
- All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee.
- Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
- A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, by Marla Frazee.
- How I Learned Geography, by Uri Shulevitz.
- A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
- Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
- First the Egg, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
- The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sís. Also a Robert F. Sibert Award winner.
- Knuffle Bunny, Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, by Mo Willems.
- Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, by David McLimans.
- Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Also a CSK Honor book.
- Rosa, written by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.
- Zen Shorts, by Jon J. Muth.
- Hot Air: ...the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride, by Marjorie Priceman.
- Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beckie Prange.
- The Red Book, by Barbara Lehman.
- Coming on Home Soon, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson.
- Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, by Mo Willems
- What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, written by Robin Page
- Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
- The Spider and the Fly, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, written by Mary Howitt
- Hondo & Fabian, by Peter McCarty
- Noah's Ark, by Jerry Pinkney
- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport
- The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, illustrated by Brian Selznick, written by Barbara Kerley
- The Stray Dog, by Marc Simont
- To buy: Caldecott winners and Honor Books: this link leads to a list of those available for purchase at Amazon.com.
- More information about the Caldecott Medal: this link leads to the official site for the Caldecott, which includes a complete list of past winners.
- Overlooked by the Caldecott?, by Elizabeth Bluemle: Some illustrators who have not been recognized. new
- Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz by Gender, by Elizabeth Bluemle: An interesting analysis.
- Who Publishes Caldecott Winning Titles?: A breakdown by publisher and imprint by Fairrosa.
- Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?: An editorial by Anita Silvey from 1986--some time ago, but interesting for the issues discussed.
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