Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938- 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. Â 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 Winners 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


Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear / Mattick, Lindsay.

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

PZ7.1.M38 FIN 2015


The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend / Santat, Dan.

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.

PZ7.S23817 ADV 2014


Locomotive / Floca, Brian

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

TJ603.2 .F56 2013


This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

A little fish thinks he can get away with stealing a hat.

PZ7 .K678 TH 2012


A ball for Daisy / Raschka, Christopher.

A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

PZ7.R1814 BAL 2011


A Sick Day for Amos McGee / illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead.

Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

PZ7 .S808566 SI 2010


The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even a small creature is capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

PZ8.2 .P456 LI 2009


The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson.

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

PZ7 .S97255 HOU 2008


The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures / 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.

PZ7 .S4654 INV 2007


Flotsam / David Wiesner.

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

PZ 7 .W6367 FL 2006


The hello, goodbye window / story by Norton Juster ; pictures by Chris Raschka.

A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.

PZ7 .J984 HE 2005


Kitten's first full moon / Kevin Henkes.

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

PZ7.H389 KI 2004


The man who walked between the towers / Mordicai Gerstein.

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

GV551 .G47 2003


My friend Rabbit / 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.

PZ7.R6413 MY 2002


The three pigs / 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.

PZ7.W6367 TH 2001


So 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.

E176.1 .S699 2000


Joseph had a little overcoat / Simms Taback.

A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

PZ7.T1115 JO 1999


Snowflake Bentley / 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.

QC858 .B46 M37 1998


Rapunzel / retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

PZ8 .Z38 RAP 1997


Golem / story and pictures by David Wisniewski.

A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

BM531 .W57 1996


Officer Buckle and Gloria / 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.

PZ7.R1936 OF 1995


Smoky night / written 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.

PZ7.B91527 SL 1994


Grandfather's journey / 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.

PZ7 .S2744 GR 1993


Mirette on the high wire / 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.

PZ7 .M478415 MI 1992


Tuesday / David Wiesner

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

PZ7 .W6367 TU 1991


Black and white / 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.

PZ7 .M1197 BL 1990


Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China / translated and illustrated by Ed Young

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.

PZ8.1 .Y84 LO 1989


Song and dance man / 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.

PZ7 .A1824 SO 1988


Owl moon / 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.

PZ7 .Y78 OW 1987


Hey, Al / story by Arthur Yorinks ; pictures 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.

PZ7 .Y819 HE 1989


The Polar Express / written and 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.

PZ7 .V266 PO 1985


Saint George and the dragon : a golden legend / adapted by Margaret Hodges from Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene ; 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.

PZ8.1 .H69 SAI 2009


The glorious flight : across the Channel with Louis Blériot, July 25, 1909 / Alice and Martin Provensen.

A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900's.

TL721 .B5 P76 1983


Shadow / translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown from the French of Blaise Cendrars

An African story of how the ghosts of the past haunt the present.

PQ2605 .E55 F4713 1982


Jumanji / written and 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.

PZ7 .V266 JU


Fables / written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

PZ8.2 .L6 FAB 1980


Ox-cart man / Donald Hall ; pictures by Barbara Cooney

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

PZ7 .H14115 OX


The girl who loved wild horses / story and ill. 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.

PZ8 .G537 GI 2003X


Noah's ark / illustrated by Peter Spier

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.

PZ8.3 .R3 NO


Ashanti to Zulu : African traditions / Margaret Musgrove ; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon

Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.

GN645 .M87 1980


Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale / retold by Verna Aardema ; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.

PZ8.1 .A213 WH


Arrow to the sun; a Pueblo Indian tale / Adapted and 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.

E99 .P9 M25 1977B


Duffy and the devil; a Cornish tale retold by Harve Zemach. With pictures 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.

PZ8.1 .Z38 DU3 1973


The funny little woman / Retold by Arlene Mosel. Pictures 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.

PZ8.1 .M8346 FU


One fine day / Nonny Hogropgian

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.

PZ7 .H6844 ON 1997


A story, a story; an African tale / retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley

Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."

PZ8.1 .H139 ST


Sylvester and the magic pebble / 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.

PZ10.3 .S816 SY


The fool of the world and the flying ship; a Russian tale / retold by Arthur Ransome. Pictures 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.

PZ8 .R174 FO 1997


Drummer Hoff / Adapted 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.

PZ8.3 .E515 DR 1987


Sam, Bangs, and moonshine, written and illustrated by Evaline Ness

Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.

PZ7 .N4384 SAM


Always room for one more / by Sorche Nic Leodhas [pseud.] ; 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.

PZ8.3 .L547 A6 1965


May I bring a friend? / Beatrice Schenk De Regniers ; illustrated by Beni Montresor.

A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.

PZ7.D4417A MAY 1996 BIG BOOK

PZ7.D4417A MAY


Where the wild things are / Story and pictures by Maurice Sendak

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

PZ7 .S47 WH 1963


The snowy day / Ezra Jack Keats

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. A Caldecott Medal winner that conveys the silent wonder of a city snowfall and a small boy's solitary delight in it.

PZ7.K2253 SN 1962 BIG BOOK

PZ7 .K2253 SN


Once a mouse ... A fable cut in wood / Marcia Brown

As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.

PZ8.2 .H5 ON


Baboushka and the three kings / Ruth Robbins ; Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov. Adapted from a Russian folk tale.

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.

PZ8.1 .R5 BAB 1988


Nine days to Christmas / Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida. 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.

PZ7 .E855 NI


Chanticleer and the fox / Adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

PZ8.2 .C47 CH


Time of wonder / Robert McCloskey

PZ7 .M1336 TI


A tree is nice / Janice May Udry; pictures by Marc Simont

An account of the many ways trees contribute to life.

PZ10 .U4 TR


Frog went a-courtin' / retold by John Langstaff. With pictures by Feodor Rojankovsky

Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.

PZ8.3 .F92 FR


Cinderella; or, The little glass slipper / A free translation from the French of Charles Perrault, with pictures by Marcia Brown

In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.

PZ8 .P426 CI 1954


Madeline's rescue / story and pictures 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.

PZ8.3 .B425 MAH 1981


The biggest bear / Lynd Ward

Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.

PZ7 .W2146 BI 1988


Finders keepers / Will [pseud.] and Nicolas [pseud].

Two dogs who have found a bone can't decide who should eat it.

PZ7 .L6637 FI 1989


The egg tree / story and pictures by Katherine Milhous

Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.

PZ7 .M596 EG 1999


Song of the swallows / Leo Politi

Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day next spring.

PZ7 .P753 SO


The big snow / Berta and Elmer Hader

Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.

PZ7 .H117 BH 1976


White snow, bright snow / Alvin R. Tresselt ; illus. by Roger Duvoisin

When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.

PZ7 .T732 WH 1988


The little island / Golden MacDonald [pseud.] with illustrations 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.

PZ8.3 .B815 LI 2004


The rooster crows : a book of American rhymes and jingles / Maud and Miska Petersham

A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.

PZ8.3 .P447 RO 1973


Prayer for a child / Rachel Field ; pictures by Elizabeth Orton Jones

An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.

BV265 F5 2003


Many moons / by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's one wish.

PZ7 .T422 MAN


The little house / story and pictures by Virginia Lee Burton

A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

PZ7 .B954 LI 1988


Make way for ducklings / by Robert McCloskey

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

PZ10.3.M1295 MAK 1991 BIG BOOK

PZ10.3 .M1295 MAK 1969


They were strong and good, written and illustrated by Robert Lawson

Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.

PZ7 .L4384 TH


Abraham Lincoln / by Ingri & Edgar Parin 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.

E457.905 .A86


Mei Li / Thomas Handforth

A young Chinese girl, Mei Li, goes on an adventure to the city to see the fair, but is happy to return home.

PZ7 .H192 ME


Animals of the Bible : a picture book / Dorothy P. Lathrop; with text selected by Helen Dean Fish from the King James Bible.

BS663 .F5 1998