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: 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.  

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Author: Bao Phi
2018 Caldecott Medal - Honor

An early morning fishing trip between father and son provides food for that evening’s dinner and time to reflect on a similar pond in Vietnam. Bui’s evocative thick black ink brushstrokes with graphic novel panels create a cinematic experience, powerfully capturing facial expressions, mood, and quiet moments. Based on the experiences of both the Vietnamese American illustrator and author, this story depicts the immigrant experience as well as universal themes of family, love, and survival.  

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Author: Elisha Cooper
2018 Caldecott Medal - Honor

A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.
 

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Author: Derrick Barnes
2018 Caldecott Medal - Honor

Sometimes a haircut is so much more than just a haircut. Sometimes a haircut makes you royalty. A love-letter to the contemporary barbershop experience and the empowerment it affords, Gordon C. James’s impressionistic oil paintings capture every bit of the bravado, swagger, and joy of this African-American institution.

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Author: Jason Chin
2018 Caldecott Medal - Honor

An Asian-American father and daughter explore this national park, from the Inner Gorge to the South Rim. Chin uses watercolor, gouache and pen and ink to render sweeping landscapes, culminating in an epic gatefold panorama. Diagrams, die-cuts and field-guide inspired illustrations of animals, plants and fossils reveal the multiple layers and eons of formation.

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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.

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Author: Carson Ellis
2017 Caldecott Medal - Honor

Colorful and inventive images of plants and insects are accompanied by text in a made-up language. Readers soon find themselves speaking "Bug" as they explore the natural world.

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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
2017 Caldecott Medal - Honor

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

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Author: Vera Brosgol
2017 Caldecott Medal - Honor


Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.

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Author: Brendan Wenzel
2017 Caldecott Medal - Honor

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

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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.
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Author: Matt de la Peña
2016 Caldecott Medal - Honor

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

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Author: Troy Andrews
2016 Caldecott Medal - Honor

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
2016 Caldecott Medal - Honor

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

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Author: Kevin Henkes
2016 Caldecott Medal - Honor

An owl, puppy, bear, bunny, and pig wait for marvelous things to happen