Caldecott Medal

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: Mariko Tamaki
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: Yuyi Morales
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Distinguished author/illustrator Morales illuminates Kahlo's life and work in this elegant and fascinating picture-book biography

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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.

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Author: Molly Schaar Idle
2014 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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

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Author: Aaron Becker
2014 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: David Wiesner
2014 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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

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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.

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Author: Aaron Reynolds
2013 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: Mac Barnett
2013 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger
2013 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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

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Author: Toni Buzzeo
2013 Caldecott Medal - Honor

Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

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Author: Mary Logue
2013 Caldecott Medal - Honor

At bedtime a young girl asks Does everything in the world go to sleep?

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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.

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Author: John Rocco
2012 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: Lane Smith
2012 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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