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The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are the most prestigious American children's book awards.Caldecott Medal Winners and Honors Books in the order of award years.

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  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

    Uri Shulevitz, Arthur Ransome

    Hardcover (Perfection Learning, May 1, 1987)
  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

    Elphinstone Dayrell, Blair Lent

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 30, 1990)
    Sun and his wife, the moon, lived on Earth and built a large house so that the water people could visit. But so many poured in that they were forced to move to the sky.
  • Drummer Hoff

    Barbara Emberley, Ed Emberley

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Oct. 1, 1967)
    A rhyming, vibrantly illustrated picture book based on the folk song of seven soldiers.Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for his bold illustrations for Barbara Emberley’s jaunty adaptation of the cumulative folk song about soldiers who build a magnificent cannon and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off.
  • Frederick

    Leo Lionni

    Hardcover (Pantheon, May 12, 1967)
    Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor–winning story about a little mouse who gathers something unusual for the long winter is celebrating its fiftieth birthday! Winter is coming, and all the mice are gathering food . . . except for Frederick. But when the days grow short and the snow begins to fall, it’s Frederick’s stories that warm the hearts and spirits of his fellow field mice. Winner of a 1967 Caldecott Honor, Frederick has been cherished by generations of readers. “A splendid achievement.” —School Library Journal, starred review “In Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail demonstrates that a seemingly purposeless life is indeed far from that—and that we need not live by bread alone!” —Eric Carle
  • Seashore Story

    Taro Yashima

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Sept. 28, 1967)
    Children hear an old Japanese story about a fisherman who rode on a turtle's back to a beautiful place under the sea, and then ask questions about the story.
  • The Emperor and the Kite

    Jane Yolen, Ed Young

    Paperback (Puffin Books, July 20, 1998)
    Largely ignored by her own family, Princess Djeow Seow spends her days playing with a kite made from paper and sticks. But when the Emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, only the Princess can save the day, flying her kite high up into the sky to rescue her father.?A familiar jewel polished to unaccustomed brilliance.? ? Booklist?It is rare to find a book where the beauty of the language and image are so finely meshed as in this tale of loyalty and love.? ? United Press InternationalJane Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts and Scotland. Ed Young lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
  • Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

    Evaline Ness

    Paperback (Square Fish, May 15, 1971)
    Samantha (known as Sam) is a fisherman's daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams--moonshine, her father says. But when her tall stories bring disaster to her friend Thomas and her cat Bangs, Sam learns to distinguish between moonshine and reality.Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the winner of the 1967 Caldecott Medal.
  • One Wide River To Cross

    Barbara Emberley, Ed Emberley

    Hardcover (AMMO Books, July 1, 2015)
    ONE WIDE RIVER TO CROSS, originally published in 1966, is a beloved Ed Emberley classic that received a Caldecott Honor in 1967. Illustrated in gorgeous woodcut simplicity, ONE WIDE RIVER TO CROSS tells a counting story about Noah’s Ark taken from an old American folk song, and adapted by Barbara Emberley. Vibrant colors complement the black silhouettes of the woodcut artwork. This vintage reissue is another Emberley treasure that is a must have for any great children’s book collection.
  • Always Room for One More

    Sorche Nic Leodhas, Nonny Hogrogian

    Paperback (Square Fish, March 15, 1972)
    Winner of the Caldecott Medal.Lachie MacLachlan, the generous hero of this enchanting tale, is the exception to the rule that the Scots are a thrifty lot. In his "wee house in the heather," where he lives with his family of twelve, he welcomes to his hearth every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night. "There's always room for one more," says Lachie, and how his grateful guests say a wonderful "Thank you" provides a delightfully warm and tender ending to this hilarious tale of kindness.Always Room for One More is the winner of the 1966 Caldecott Medal.
  • Hide and Seek Fog

    Alvin Tresselt, Roger Duvoisin

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 22, 1988)
    In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects.
  • Just Me

    Marie Hall Ets

    Paperback (Puffin, Dec. 14, 1978)
    A little boy mimes the walk of the animals he sees.
  • Tom Tit Tot

    Evaline Ness

    Paperback (Aladdin, Aug. 1, 1997)
    In order to save her head a dull-witted girl enters into a bargain with a devilish creature
  • May I Bring a Friend?

    Beatrice de Regniers, Beni Montresor

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 30, 1989)
    An imaginative boy brings a surprising array of friends to dine at the palace in this Caldecott Medal–winning picture book.One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation—the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?” “Any friend of our friend is welcome here,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected! Beatrice Schenk de Regniers’s rhythmic text and the fantastical, jewellike artwork of Beni Montresor have made this book a favorite for more than twenty-five years.
  • Rain Makes Applesauce

    Julian Scheer, Marvin Bileck

    Hardcover (Holiday House, Sept. 1, 1964)
    The stars are made of lemon juice......and rain makes applesauce.Elbows grow on a tickle tree......and rain makes applesauce.Oh, you're just talking silly talk. This is a book of silly talk. It doesn't pretend to be anything else. And yet it is an extraordinary creation, in which author and artist speak to children in a very special way. The fanciful nonsense and marvelously intricate pictures are full of sly subtleties and happy surprises for both eye and ear. It is a book of absurd delights, of tiny, fey graphic details, of captivating scenes and lyrical phrases that stretch the imagination. Children will return to it again and again for new meanings, new images, new responses.
  • The Wave

    Margaret Hodges, Blair Lent

    Paperback (HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, Jan. 1, 1997)
    A Japanese folk story involving the human spirit and the elements of nature
  • A Pocketful of Cricket

    Rebecca Caudill, Evaline Ness

    Paperback (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Oct. 15, 1989)
    On his way home with the cows one evening, a six-year-old Kentucky farm boy catches a cricket and makes it his friend. The story reveals a child’s sense of wonder about nature in verselike prose.
  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Dec. 26, 2012)
    Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art. Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time"One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children"The top picture book in School Library Journal's survey of its readers Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library.
  • Swimmy

    Leo Lionni

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Jan. 17, 2017)
    The gorgeous, Caldecott Honor-winning tale of a very clever fish by beloved picture book creator Leo Lionni.Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger.Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Honor, this beloved tale of a brave little fish has been a favorite to generations of readers. To celebrate Swimmy's fiftieth anniversary, we are issuing a handsome special edition hardcover that includes a bonus poster.
  • All in the Morning Early

    Leclaire Alger, Evaline Ness, Sorche Nic Leodhas

    Library Binding (Henry Holt & Co, Aug. 1, 1970)
  • Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes

    Philip Reed

    Library Binding (Atheneum, June 1, 1963)
  • The Snowy Day

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Hardcover (Viking Press, Nov. 5, 1962)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Full of wonder, this universal favorite captures the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall.
  • The Sun Is A Golden Earring

    Natalia Maree Belting, Bernarda Bryson

    Hardcover (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, March 15, 1962)
    This is a retired library book so there is a pocket on the inside cover. Very minor shelf wear. ALL PROCEEDS GO BACK TO THE LIBRARY THIS BOOK CAME FROM!
  • Once a Mouse...

    Marcia Brown

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 30, 1989)
    Marcia Brown retells an Indian fable from the Hitopadesa in this Caldecott Medal–winning tale of a mouse who becomes a tiger.When a small mouse’s life is threatened by large jungle predators, a kindly hermit uses magic to change him into a cat, a dog, and a majestic tiger. But the proud tiger must suffer the consequences when he becomes ungrateful and forgets his humble origins. Marcia Brown’s magical woodcuts bring this Indian fable to life with the mastery that won her a second Caldecott Medal.
  • The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

    Peter Spier

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, July 1, 1994)
    This Caldecott Honor book from beloved illustrator Peter Spier is a spirited take on a classic American folk song."[Spier's] finely detailed, action-packed New England autumn vistas are almost startlingly beautiful."—The New York Times Over fifty years after he won a Caldecott Honor for The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, legendary illustrator Peter Spier went back to this time-honored favorite in 2014 to paint the half of the book that was originally printed in black and white. In this glowing, restored vision of Spier’s beloved classic, follow the wily fox as he roams a sleepy New England town in search of a meal, with tones and textures so vivid you can almost hear the crackle of crisp fall leaves and the ripples of the river in the moonlight.
  • Little Bear's Visit

    Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Dec. 19, 1979)
    Little Bear likes to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Bear. He likes Grandfather’s hat and Grandmother’s cooking. But most of all, he loves to listen to their stories!
  • The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up

    Alice E. Goudey, Adrienne Adams

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, March 15, 1961)
  • Baboushka and the Three Kings

    Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 15, 1960)
    Winner of the 1961 Caldecott Medal The Russian folktale about an old woman's endless search for the Christ child.
  • Inch by Inch

    Leo Lionni

    Hardcover (Knopf Books for Young Readers, April 13, 2010)
    The Caldecott Honor winning classic about a brave and clever little worm from beloved picture book creator Leo Lionni.A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything—a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song. Children will enjoy the clever inchworm’s solution and delight in finding the tiny hero on every page.Every inch the classic, this was the first of Lionni’s books to win the Caldecott Honor.
  • Nine Days to Christmas

    Marie Hall Ets, Aurora Labastida

    Library Binding (Puffin Books, Nov. 16, 1991)
  • Houses from the Sea

    Alice E. Goudey, Adrienne Adams

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, March 15, 1959)
    One reviewer writes: What a wonderful book. With verse a bit like Mary Oliver poetry for children and the simple pencil drawings, we go along on a seashore journey of collecting all kinds of seashells - always brought to the shore by the retreat and return of the waves. But it isn't just a recounting of the shells, but a tactile description and an imagining of what each shell evoked. The drawings and verse will make this a very enjoyable for young readers.
  • The Moon Jumpers

    Janice May Udry, Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Feb. 15, 2004)
    Four years before Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak produced some of his most spectacular artwork for The Moon Jumpers. Printing technology has greatly improved since this enchanting picture book was first released more than fifty years ago, and now, with new color separations, the reproduction of Maurice Sendak's artwork comes closer to his stunning originals than ever before. Sendak's wondrous starry skies and Janice May Udry's evocative text immediately transport us back to cool, moonlit nights and fill us with the universal warmth of childhood. The Moon Jumpers' timeless beauty and inspiration earned it a Caldecott Honor in 1960 and will surely gather a new generation of fans.