Caldecott Medal Winner

most distinguished American picture book

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Author: Matthew Cordell
2018 Caldecott Medal - Winner

In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.  

Author: Javaka Steptoe
2017 Caldecott Medal - Winner

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. This book introduces young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

Author: Lindsay Mattick
2016 Caldecott Medal - Winner
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.
Author: Dan Santat
2015 Caldecott Medal - Winner

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.

Author: Brian Floca
2014 Caldecott Medal - Winner

From the creator of Moonshot comes a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives of the 19th century.

Author: Jon Klassen
2013 Caldecott Medal - Winner

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Author: Christopher Raschka
2012 Caldecott Medal - Winner

In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring.

Author: Erin Stead
2011 Caldecott Medal - Winner

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.9781596434028

Author: Jerry Pinkney
2010 Caldecott Medal - Winner

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.