Every Single Caldecott Medal Winner

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The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children" by the American Library Association. The award was originally created as sort of the flip side of the Newbery Medal. While the Newbery is awarded to the "most distinguished American children's book," the Caldecott is awarded specifically to illustrators.

...in other words, these are pretty much guaranteed to be absolutely beautiful books.

A Ball for Daisy (2012)

A Ball for Daisy (2012)

by Chris Raschka

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011)

by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead

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The Lion & the Mouse (2010)

The Lion & the Mouse (2010)

by Jerry Pinkney

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The House in the Night (2009)

The House in the Night (2009)

by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2008)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2008)

written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Stephanie from Arizona says:

We read this book for our book club, and it was loved by all. It's a huge book that may seem like too much for some readers, but it's a story told partially in pictures. It's not a babyish picture book either. The drawings are beautiful and really add to the story. At the book club, I was able to show the movie mentioned in the book (which made everybody laugh since they'd never seen a silent movie), plus we looked at some real life automatons. Overall, a great read and a great book club book.

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Flotsam (2007)

Flotsam (2007)

written and illustrated by David Wiesner

Sammy Perlmutter says:

With some of the most majestic illustrations ever crafted, David Wiesner tells the tale of a young boy who travels to the beach to pickup ocean debris. At the shore, the boy finds a camera, which turns out to be an incredible discovery for both the boy and the reader.

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The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006)

The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006)

by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Miss Hannah says:

Experience the magic and simple pleasures of some quality time at grandma's where the fun starts before you even get in the house, and the Queen of England herself might walk by and wave.

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Kitten's First Full Moon (2005)

Kitten's First Full Moon (2005)

written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Patsy says:

Kitten's First Full Moon is a heart-catching, humorous adventure of a kitten in search of a saucer of milk. Make no mistake this is one determined kitty who makes you want to step in the pages to rescue him and causes little hands to clap over the dear closing. If only every child could have visuals and story this nurturing to fall asleep to. I keep a spare copy for any little ones that might tumble through my door and need their own "saucer of milk."

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The Man Who Walked Between The Towers (2004)

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers (2004)

written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

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My Friend Rabbit (2003)

My Friend Rabbit (2003)

written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

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The Three Pigs (2002)

The Three Pigs (2002)

written and illustrated by David Wiesner

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So You Want to Be President? (2001)

So You Want to Be President? (2001)

by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (2000)

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (2000)

written and illustrated by Simms Taback

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Snowflake Bentley (1999)

Snowflake Bentley (1999)

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian

Leah Smith from Burtonsville, MD says:

This book won the 1999 Caldecott Award as it should. This book is beautifully illustrated. Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont (in the heart of the Vermont snowbelt). When he was 15 years old his mother gave him a microscope and he began to study snowflakes under the microscope. He was stunned by their beauty, uniqueness and delicacy. He spent the rest of his life studying and photographing snowflakes. This book is just terrific.

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Rapunzel (1998)

Rapunzel (1998)

written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Golem (1997)

Golem (1997)

written and illustrated by David Wisniewski

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Officer Buckle & Gloria (1996)

Officer Buckle & Gloria (1996)

written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

Hannah Egan says:

A fun book combining one of the things children most love (animals) with one of the things children most need (a few simple rules that can keep them safe) to provide a laugh and a lesson. This is a book that should be in the library of every parent with a young child and every elementary teacher.

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Smoky Night (1995)

Smoky Night (1995)

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz

Elizabeth says:

Beautiful illustrations and an easy story for heavy subject matter. I love it.

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Grandfather's Journey (1994)

Grandfather's Journey (1994)

written and illustrated by Allen Say

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Mirette on the High Wire (1993)

Mirette on the High Wire (1993)

written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Patsy says:

Emily paints Mirette's High Wire story with soft strokes of watercolor and strong values. She teaches visually how hard work brings about stunning results. I was smitten with her art while paying close attention to her story line. I liked that Emily didn't make success too easy and showed the rewarding payoff of trying again... and again. Emily also captures how friendship impacts all ages and how even grown ups can feel afraid. I love when we can introduce children to art and Emily has a wondrous full palette blending paint and story.

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Tuesday (1992)

Tuesday (1992)

written and illustrated by David Wiesner

Leah Smith from Burtonsville, MD says:

Another winner from David Wiesner. Frogs in a pond resting on their lily pads lift off, using their pads as a sort of botanical magic carpet. They zoom all over town, through a woman's living room, going back to their pond at sunrise. This multi-award winning book is a little bit science fiction, a little bit noir, and all in all a real treat.

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Black and White (1991)

Black and White (1991)

by David Macaulay

Sammy Perlmutter says:

A complex and disjointed narrative from the author of the instant classic The Way Things Work, Black and White represents the pinnacle of creative storytelling. It's a topsy-turvy experiment in postmodern narration and it will keep you turning — and re-turning — pages to make way through its multi-layered illustrations way past bedtime.

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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (1990)

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (1990)

written and illustrated by Ed Young

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Song and Dance Man (1989)

Song and Dance Man (1989)

by Karen Ackerman

Carol Gordon Ekster says:

I use this book in 4th grade to inspire children to write about a grandparent or special person in their life. It uses the senses to help us get the essence of a former vaudeville granddad. Lovely read aloud.

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Owl Moon (1988)

Owl Moon (1988)

by Jane Yolen

Leah Smith from Burtonsville, MD says:

One of the great charms of children is viewing a simple walk as a magical event, and this book evokes that feeling when a father takes his daughter out owling one cold winter night near the farm where they live. The book — a gentle-toned poem — touches on nature as well as father-daughter relationships, and the story's charming simplicity is sure to engage readers both young and young-at-heart.

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Hey, Al (1987)

Hey, Al (1987)

by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski

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The Polar Express (1986)

The Polar Express (1986)

by Chris Van Allsburg

Patsy says:

One of my all time favorites... especially the set that includes the book on tape. I've officially now listened to it — while I flip the pages — more times than my grandsons. Shhh, I sneak peeks between their visits. The illustrations and the story awaken the child within me: I'm on the train (can't you hear its chugging pace?), I'm searching for my ticket, I'm watching out the windows, cold nose pressed against the glass... it's as if the writer gives the train full of growing children one last heart-spinning visit to make-believe, before they are pressed to grow up. All aboard!

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Saint George and the Dragon (1985)

Saint George and the Dragon (1985)

by Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman

Megan Miles Alba from Oklahoma City, OK says:

This book was one of my childhood favorites. The illustrations were breathtaking, and the storyline captured my imagination. It reads much like a "grown up" book, but has just enough fairy tale elements for children. It's a great read for families who have children at several reading levels, or for parents who want to enjoy reading with their children. It's also a great book to help you begin a study on Medieval literature.

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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (1984)

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (1984)

by Martin Provensen, Alice Provensen

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Shadow (1983)

Shadow (1983)

by Blaise Cendrars, translated by Marcia Brown

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Jumanji (1982)

Jumanji (1982)

by Chris Van Allsburg

Trina O'Gorman says:

A picture book that will win over even the toughest audience of six- and seven-year-old boys. A brother and sister find what looks like an ordinary board game, but soon find out that it's anything but ordinary. Each roll of the dice is filled with suspense, adventure, and excitement.

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This book also appears on Books to Inspire Book-Loving Boys

 
 
Fables (1981)

Fables (1981)

illustrated by Arnold Lobel

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Ox-Cart Man (1980)

Ox-Cart Man (1980)

by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Heather Lawrence says:

All about the Ox-Cart Man and how he and his family work together busily every moment of the day for practically everything they have!

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1979)

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1979)

illustrated by Paul Goble

Maluhia says:

It isn't just the way the story flows, or the beautiful illustrations. As a grown woman reading this story aloud to my young son, it had me secretly wondering for the tiniest moment, "Did she really turn into a horse?" The last page recounts a legend. This is my favorite part.

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Noah's Ark (1978)

Noah's Ark (1978)

by Peter Spier

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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (1977)

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (1977)

by Margaret Musgrove, illustrated by Diane Dillon

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale (1976)

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale (1976)

by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Gail says:

This is a wonderful book using animals to tell the story of the mosquito's buzzing. Great for teaching cause and effect or sequence of a story.

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Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (1975)

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (1975)

by Gerald McDermott

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Duffy and the Devil (1974)

Duffy and the Devil (1974)

by Harve Zemach, illustrated by Margot Zemach

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The Funny Little Woman (1973)

The Funny Little Woman (1973)

by Blair Lent, Arlene Mosel

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One Fine Day (1972)

One Fine Day (1972)

illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian

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A Story, a Story (1971)

A Story, a Story (1971)

illustrated by Gail E. Haley

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970)

illustrated by William Steig

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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale (1969)

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale (1969)

by Arthur Ransome, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

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Drummer Hoff (1968)

Drummer Hoff (1968)

by Barbara Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (1967)

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (1967)

illustrated by Evaline Ness

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Always Room for One More (1966)

Always Room for One More (1966)

by Sorche Nic Leodhas, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian

Hannah Egan says:

This book is a lovely melodic rendering of a Scotish ballad. Perfect to read aloud, it sounds as beautiful as it looks. And it has a lovely, cheerful message besides. An absolute must.

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May I Bring a Friend? (1965)

May I Bring a Friend? (1965)

by Beatrice de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor

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Where the Wild Things Are (1964)

Where the Wild Things Are (1964)

illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Karen Kennedy says:

This book was controversial when it came out — adults thought that Max was too badly behaved and his monsters were too scary. But generations of young children know best — this book connects perfectly with a young child's fears and his ability to conquer them.

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The Snowy Day (1963)

The Snowy Day (1963)

by Ezra Jack Keats

Heather Lawrence says:

A little boy has a fun day playing in the snow, and even tries to keep a snowball in his coat pocket inside! A strikingly beautiful 1963 Caldecott Medal winner.

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Once a Mouse... (1962)

Once a Mouse... (1962)

illustrated by Marcia Brown

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Baboushka and the Three Kings (1961)

Baboushka and the Three Kings (1961)

by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov

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Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico (1960)

Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico (1960)

by Aurora Labastida, Marie Hall Ets

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Chanticleer and the Fox (1959)

Chanticleer and the Fox (1959)

by Geoffrey Chaucer, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

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Time of Wonder (1958)

Time of Wonder (1958)

by Robert McCloskey

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A Tree Is Nice (1957)

A Tree Is Nice (1957)

by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont

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Frog Went A-Courtin' (1956)

Frog Went A-Courtin' (1956)

by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

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Cinderella (1955)

Cinderella (1955)

by Amy Ehrlich, Charles Perrault, Susan Jeffers

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Madeline's Rescue (1954)

Madeline's Rescue (1954)

by Ludwig Bemelmans

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The Biggest Bear (1953)

The Biggest Bear (1953)

by Lynd Ward

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Finders Keepers (1952)

Finders Keepers (1952)

by Mordvinoff Nicolas, Will Lipkind

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The Egg Tree (1951)

The Egg Tree (1951)

illustrated by Katherine Milhous

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The Song of the Swallows (1950)

The Song of the Swallows (1950)

illustrated by Leo Politi

Miss Hannah says:

Bound to intrigue children everywhere as it has intrigued adults, this book tells the story of the the swallows, and how they return to the same place each spring, on the same day. Wait with a little boy for the swallows to return to Capistrano, sing, and wonder.

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The Big Snow (1949)

The Big Snow (1949)

by Elmer Hader, illustrated by Berta Hader

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White Snow, Bright Snow (1948)

White Snow, Bright Snow (1948)

by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

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The Little Island (1947)

The Little Island (1947)

by Golden MacDonald, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Hannah Egan says:

The little island starts out feeling lonely, but as the seasons change, so does the feeling. A great way for young children to explore the seasons, and to learn that when you think about it, you are not as alone as you think you are.

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The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles (1946)

The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles (1946)

illustrated by Miska Petersham, Maud Petersham

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Prayer for a Child (1945)

Prayer for a Child (1945)

by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones

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Many Moons (1944)

Many Moons (1944)

by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont

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The Little House (1943)

The Little House (1943)

by Virginia Lee Burton

Heather Lawrence says:

Though a well-built house may possibly stay the same over many years, its surroundings most certainly do not. What started out as a happy little house way out in the country became a little house in a bustling city, where it couldn't see the sun anymore because the skyscrapers were so close to it. Yes, houses have feelings too, evidently (and it's quite believable with the charming illustrations by the author). When the descendants of the family who build the little house find it again, they move it back to its original setting... if not quite its original location.

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Make Way for Ducklings (1942)

Make Way for Ducklings (1942)

illustrated by Robert McCloskey

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They Were Strong and Good (1941)

They Were Strong and Good (1941)

by Robert Lawson

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Abraham Lincoln (1940)

Abraham Lincoln (1940)

by Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, Ingri D'Aulaire

Heather Lawrence says:

You don't see a book like this one everyday. History told like tall tale, illustrations that are detailed enough to stare at the whole time you're listening to (or reading it yourself) the equally engaging life of Abraham Lincoln, told simply enough that a six year old can understand, and yet details are still there. I also recommend other D'Aulaire biographies, each equally well illustrated and written.

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Mei Li (1939)

Mei Li (1939)

by Thomas Handforth

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Animals of the Bible (1938)

Animals of the Bible (1938)

illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop

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