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.


The House in the Night (2009)

by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


Rapunzel (1998)

written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky


Golem (1997)

written and illustrated by David Wisniewski


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hey, Al (1987)

by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski


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!


Saint George and the Dragon (1985)

by Trina Schart Hyman, Margaret Hodges

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.


Shadow (1983)

by Blaise Cendrars, translated by Marcia Brown


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.

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


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!


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.


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

by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Diane Dillon, Leo 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.


Duffy and the Devil (1974)

by Harve Zemach, illustrated by Margot Zemach


Drummer Hoff (1968)

by Barbara Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley


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.


May I Bring a Friend? (1965)

by Beatrice de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor


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.


Chanticleer and the Fox (1959)

by Geoffrey Chaucer, illustrated by Barbara Cooney


A Tree Is Nice (1957)

by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont


Frog Went A-Courtin' (1956)

by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky


Cinderella (1955)

by Amy Ehrlich, Susan Jeffers, Charles Perrault


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.


The Big Snow (1949)

by Elmer Hader, illustrated by Berta Hader


White Snow, Bright Snow (1948)

by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin


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.


Prayer for a Child (1945)

by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones


Many Moons (1944)

by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont


The Little House (1943)

by Virginia Lee Burton

Miss Hannah says:

The little house is a great illustration of the old saying "be careful what you wish for." As a young house, surrounded by nature and filled with the love of a family, the little house longed to see the big city. Slowly, the glow in the distance approaches, the city comes closer and closer, until the little house finds itself alone and surrounded by the tall buildings, noise and pollution of the big city, and longing to be out in the country again.


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.