Caldecott Honor Books, 2000- Present

The Caldecott Medal is named after the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Several honor books are awarded to those that did not qualify as medal winners, yet were still of notable quality. The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, names the award winner. For more information, visit

A listing of the Caldecott Medal Honor Books housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These books are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number

Trombone Shorty / Andrews, Troy.

Hailing from the Tremâe neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

ML3930 .A53 A3 2015

Waiting / Henkes, Kevin.

Five animal toys wait for marvelous things to happen.

PZ7 .H389 WAI 2015

Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement / Weatherford, Carole Boston.

Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

E185.97 .H35 W43 2015

Last stop on Market Street / de la Peña, Matt.

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty -- and fun -- in their routine and the world around them.

PZ7.P3725 LAS 2015


Nana in the city / Castillo, Lauren.

A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

PZ7 .C2687244 NAN 2014

The noisy paint box : the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art / Rosenstock, Barb.

Describes how Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experience colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

ND699 .K3 R67 2014

Sam & Dave dig a hole / Barnett, Mac.

Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.

PZ7 .B26615 SAM 2014

Viva Frida! / Morales, Yuyi.

With spare text and vibrant illustrations, this book examines Frida Kahlo's creative process.

ND259 .K33 M66 2014

The right word : Roget and his thesaurus / Bryant, Jennifer.

The story of shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

CT788 .R534 B79 2014

This one summer / Tamaki, Mariko.

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

PN6727 .T363 T55 2014


Journey / Becker, Aaron

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

PZ7 .B38125 JO 2013

Flora and the flamingo / Idle, Molly Schaar

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.

PZ7 .I217 FLO 2013

Mr. Wuffles! / Wiesner, David

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs.

PZ7 .W6367 MR 2013


Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds.

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

PZ7 .R33213 CRE 2012

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett.

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

PZ7 .B26615 EXT 2012

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

PZ8.3 .S4504 GRE 2012


Blackout / Rocco, John.

When a busy family's activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.

PZ7.R5818 BL 2011

Grandpa Green / Smith, Lane.

A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

PZ7 .S6538 GR 2011

Me-- Jane / McDonnell, Patrick, 1956-

Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

PZ7 .M478443 ME 2011


Dave the potter : artist, poet, slave / Hill, Laban Carrick.

Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

NK 4210 .D247 H55 2010

Interrupting Chicken / written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein.

Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

PZ7 .S8179 INT 2010


All the world / written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; and illustrated by Marla Frazee.

Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family's day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family.

PS3619.C265 A79 2009

Red sings from treetops : a year in colors / by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.

The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

PS3569 .I295 R43 2009


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon's grandparents during summer vacation.

PZ7 .F866 COU 2008

How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author's childhood in Kazakhstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II.

PZ7 .S5594 HO 2008

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

PS3545 .I544 Z5823 2008


Henry's freedom box: A story from the Underground Railroad / by Ellen Levine ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

PZ7 .L57833 HEN 2007

First the egg / by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A picture book about transformations.

QH491 .S43 2007

The wall: growing up behind the Iron Curtain / by Peter Sís.

From the Publisher: A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER "I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side-the Communist side-of the Iron Curtain." Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sis learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities-creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed. By joining memory and history, Sis takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.

NC975.5 .S57 A2 2007

Knuffle Bunny too: a case of mistaken identity / by Mo Willems.

Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her: someone else has the exact same bunny!

PZ7.W65535 KNU 2007


Gone wild: an endangered animal alphabet / by David McLimans.

Endangered animals are drawn into uniquely crafted letters in this bold alphabet book that provides information on the habitat and class of these rare creatures and the threats facing them.

QL83 .M355 2006

Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom / by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

E444 .T82 W43 2006X


Rosa / by Nikki Giovanni ; illustrated by Bryan Collier.

The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south, gave equality to blacks throughout the nation, and forever changed the country in which we all live today. She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history. Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.

F334 .M753 P38427 2005

Zen shorts / by Jon J. Muth.

When Stillwater the giant panda moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. Includes factual note on Zen.

PZ7 .M97274 ZE 2005

Hot air :the (mostly) true story of the first hot-air balloon ride / Marjorie Priceman.

The story of the historic first hot-air balloon flight in 1783, told from the point of view of the duck, sheep, and rooster who were the first passengers.

PZ7 .P932 HO 2005

Song of the water boatman & other pond poems / written by Joyce Sidman ;illustrated by Beckie Prange.

A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

PS3569 .I295 S66 2005


The red book / by Barbara Lehman.

This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. When you turn the pages you'll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story. In illustrations of rare detail and surprise, The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she's never met is waiting. And as with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over.

PZ7.L53 RED 2004

Coming on home soon / by Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow. Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left. Every day they wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming on home soon. Set during World War II, Coming On Home Soon has a timeless quality that will appeal to all who wait and hope.

PZ7.W868 CO 2004

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale / by Mo Willems.

A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father. Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind... Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

PZ7.W65535 KNU 2004


Ella Sarah gets dressed / Margaret Chodos-Irvine.

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

PZ7.C446255 EL 2003

What do you do with a tail like this? / Steve Jenkins & Robin Page.

QL945 .J46 2003

Don't let the pigeon drive the bus / words and pictures by Mo Willems.

PZ7.W65535 DON 2003


The spider and the fly / based on the poem by Mary Howitt; illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.

An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.

PR4809.H2 S64 2002

Hondo & Fabian / written and illustrated by Peter McCarty.

Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home.

PZ10.3.M12685 HO 2002

Noah's ark / Jerry Pinkney.

Retells the biblical story of the great flood and how Noah and his family faithfully responded to God's call to save life on earth.

BS658 .P54 2002


The dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins : an illuminating history of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, artist and lecturer / by Barbara Kerley; with drawings by Brian Selznick ; many of which are based on the original sketches of Mr. Hawkins.

The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about what these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.

QE861.5 .K47 2001

Martin's Big words: the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. / Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Bryan Collier.

E185.97.K5 R36 2001

The stray dog : from a true story by Reiko Sassa / retold and illustrated by Marc Simont.

A family befriends a stray dog, names him Willy, and decides to keep him.

PZ7.S6058 ST 2001


Casey at the bat: a ballad of the Republic, sung in the year 1888 / Ernest Lawrence Thayer ; with additional text and illustrations by Patricia Polacco.

The popular narrative poem about a celebrated baseball player who strikes out at the crucial moment of a game, with additional text placing it in the context of Little League.

PS3014.T3 C3 1997

Click, clack, moo: cows that type / by Doreen Cronin; pictures by Betsy Lewin.

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

PZ7 .C88135 CL 2000

Olivia / written and illustrated by Ian Falconer.

Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

PZ7.F1865 O63 2002


A child's calendar / poems by John Updike; illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

A collection of twelve poems describing the activities in a child's life and the changes in the weather as the year moves from January to December.

Not in collection

Sector 7 / David Wiesner.

While on a school trip to the Empire State Building, a boy is taken by a friendly cloud to visit Sector 7, where he discovers how clouds are shaped and channeled throughout the country.

Not in collection

When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry... / by Molly Bang.

A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

PZ7.B2217 WH 1999

The ugly duckling / Hans Christian Andersen; adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

PZ8.P575 UG 1999