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: 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.

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Author: Lauren Castillo
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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.

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Author: Barb Rosenstock
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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Author: Jennifer Bryant
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companionsNand it wasn't long before Roget began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Roget took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express what he thought. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

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Author: Mac Barnett
2015 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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

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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.