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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 Big Snow

    Berta Hader, Elmer Hader

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 1, 1967)
    When the geese begin to fly south, the leaves flutter down from the trees and the cold winds begin to blow from the north, the animals of the woods and meadows, big and small, prepare for the long, cold winter ahead when the countryside is hidden under a deep blanket of snow. They gather food and look for warm, snug places in the ground, trees, caves or thickets, where they can find protection against the icy winds.It might have been hard for the birds and animals of the hillside to survive when the Big Snow came if their good friends, who lived in the little stone house, had not remembered to put food out for them.Here, in many beautiful pictures, the Haders show how winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations.
  • Blueberries for Sal

    Robert McCloskey

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Sept. 17, 1948)
    Caldecott Honor BookWhat happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948."The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside."-School Library Journal, starred review.
  • Juanita

    Leo Politi

    Hardcover (J. Paul Getty Museum, Sept. 9, 2009)
    Originally published in 1948 and the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, Juanita captures the atmosphere of Olvera Street, the historic Latino community in downtown Los Angeles. Juanita's parents own a small shop, or puesto, which they have named after her, and one very much like those that line Olvera Street to this day. They sell brightly colored baskets, dresses, and fine lacework-all handmade. For her fourth birthday, Juanita is dressed in a beautiful rose-colored gown and is given a white dove. On the day before Easter, Juanita takes her dove to the Old Mission Church for the annual Blessing of the Animals, along with Señora Carmela, who brings her burro, and Carlos, the leader of the procession, who brings his cow decked out in gardenias! Through his charming illustrations and text, Leo Politi captures the age-old traditions of birthdays and Easter in Los Angeles' Latino community. Music and lyrics for a Mexican birthday song and a lullaby are also included, making this a delightful introduction for young children to one of the many cultures that makes up Los Angeles and the nation.
  • White Snow, Bright Snow

    Alvin Tresselt, Roger Duvoisin

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Aug. 16, 1988)
    * Caldecott Medal Winner * ALA Notable Book * The classic Caldecott Medal–winning picture book about a neighborhood transformed by a delightful snowfall, from the legendary picture book duo Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin. When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grown-ups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on their tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book—the frost ferns on the windowsill, the snowman in the yard and the mystery and magic of a new white world.Roger Duvoisin's pictures in soft blue half-tones with brilliant splashes of yellow and red emphasize the happiness and humor as well as the poetic quality of the text. First published in 1947, this classic picture book won the 1948 Caldecott Medal and was the first of eighteen picture book collaborations by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin.
  • Stone Soup

    Marcia Brown

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, Jan. 1, 1947)
    Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or tow...some it went. Marcia Brown has made of this old tale a very gay book, a carnival of activity, of dancing and laughter. So much goes on in the pictures that children who have once heard the story will turn to them again and again, retelling the story for themselves. A French version of the story is available under the title Une Drôle de Soupe.
  • McElligot's Pool

    Dr. Seuss

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept. 12, 1947)
    Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss's inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot's Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.
  • Bambino the Clown

    Georges Schreiber

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Aug. 22, 1947)
    Bambino, a little clown from Italy, and his sea lion Flapper entertain children in a big, red barn.
  • The Rooster and the Fox

    Helen Ward

    Hardcover (Millbrook Press, Jan. 16, 2003)
    The fate of a very vain rooster, Chanticleer, is in question when his pride causes him to be outwitted by a cunning visitor to the farmyard, in an illustrated version of an ancient tale that includes many rare breeds of farm animals in the pictures.
  • The Song of Robin Hood

    Anne Malcolmson, Grace Castagnetta, Virginia Lee Burton

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug. 28, 2000)
    A 1946 Caldecott Honor Book Anne Malcolmson, Grace Castagnetta, and Caldecott medalist Virginia Lee Burton joined forces in 1947 to produce the definitive edition of The Song of Robin Hood. Their triumphant achievement was one of the most distinctive presentations of the legend ever published, and it received a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1948. Through meticulous research and unfailing perseverance, Anne Malcolmson rediscovered fifteen of the original ballads of Robin Hood; Grace Castagnetta adapted them to modern musical notation. Virginia Lee Burton spent three years on drawings to accompany the songs, ultimately producing a work of art filled with exquisite detail and worthy of comparison to the greatest illuminated manuscripts of the medieval era. The text, the music, and the illustrations combine to form a harmonious and timeless work of art. There is no better way to introduce young readers to the legend of Robin Hood, or to renew a love of the tale in the hearts of those who already know the classic story. Lovingly revived and beautifully reissued, The Song of Robin Hood stands as one of the truly stunning books of our time.
  • The Little Island

    Margaret Wise Brown, Leonard Weisgard

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Sept. 9, 2003)
    Children’s book legend Margaret Wise Brown—author of the cherished classic Goodnight Moon—and Caldecott Medal-winner Leonard Weisgard bring young readers an enduring picture book about the magic of nature. Winner of the 1947 Caldecott Medal, this beautifully moving story centers around a little island in the midst of the wide ocean, and the curious kitten who comes to visit. As the seasons pass, the island and the creatures who call it home witness an ever-changing array of sights, smells, and sounds—proving that, no matter how small, we are all an important part of the world.
  • Rain Drop Splash

    Alvin Tresselt, Leonard Weisgard

    Paperback (HarperCollins, May 23, 1990)
    "Drip drop splash went the rain all day." The rain formed a puddle. . .and became a pond. . .and spilled over into a lake. . .and grew larger and larger until it joined with a river and travelled out to sea.With this classic picture book, young readers can follow the course of a heavy rain as it drenches people and animals and changes the landscape below. With its poetic text and lovely, detailed illustrations, Rain Drop Splash is a delight to read, rain or shine.
  • The Boats on the River

    Marjorie Flack

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, June 1, 1991)
    A ferryboat, paddlewheeler, ocean liner, tug boat, motorboat, sailboat, rowboat, freighter, submarine, and a warship all share the river waters around the big city
  • Timothy Turtle

    Al Graham, Tony Palazzo

    Hardcover (Scott-Foresman, March 15, 1946)
  • Timothy Turtle

    Al Graham

    Hardcover (Viking Press, March 14, 1953)
    Children's Book about Timothy Turtle of Took-A-Look Lake.
  • Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street

    Leo Politi

    Hardcover (J. Paul Getty Museum, Oct. 20, 2009)
    This Caldecott Honor book from beloved children's book author Leo Politi, originally published in 1946, is set on Olvera Street, the site of Los Angeles' original Latino settlement, which is still preserved very much as it once was--a busy and colorful me'lange of small artisan shops, restaurants, and strolling musicians. Pedro tells of the community's Christmas tradition of the "posada," a procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and of the "piñata," a papier-mâché vessel filled with toys that children break open at the Posada's end. Pedro hopes to find a music box among the toys that will spill out of the piñata. But first, he is asked to don the red wings of an angel and lead the procession. Because he not only is costumed like an angel but also sings like one, he is asked to lead the chorus in the traditional Posada song. Music and lyrics for the song are included, and with them children may create their own Posada pageant.
  • The Rooster Crows : A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

    Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March 1, 1969)
    The Caldecott Medal–winning collection of classic American rhymes, songs, and jingles. Beautifully rendered illustrations accompany well-known nursery rhymes, counting-out games, skipping-rope songs, finger games, and other schoolyard classics beloved by generations of American children. Collected from across America, The Rooster Crows features rhymes both old and new, and will be a perfect addition to any child’s collection.
  • Little Lost Lamb

    Leonard Joseph Weisgard

    Hardcover (Doubleday, Jan. 15, 1945)
  • Sing Mother Goose

    Opal Wheeler, Marjorie Torrey

    Hardcover (E P Dutton, June 15, 1945)
    Over size book includes 52 songs with simple scores. Most accompanied by a full-page gorgeous color illustration on the facing page. Illustrated by Marjorie Torrey.
  • My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World: A Russian Folk Tale

    Becky Reyher, Ruth Gannett

    Library Binding (William Morrow & Co, June 1, 1995)
    A little Russian girl is lost and when strangers try to help her, she describes her mother with more love than accuracy
  • You Can Write Chinese

    Kurt Wiese

    Paperback (Viking Press, )
  • Prayer for a Child

    Rachel Field, Elizabeth Orton Jones

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 2009)
    This very special prayer just for children is perfect for even the youngest reader. In this new gift book edition Caldecott-winning Prayer for a Child is sure to win new fans and become a favorite. * * * Keep growing in faith and joy through Little Simon Inspirations books for your child!
  • Mother Goose

    Tasha Tudor

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, April 29, 1989)
    The noted artist illustrates a selection of traditional nursery rhymes
  • In the Forest

    Marie Hall Ets

    Paperback (Puffin, Sept. 30, 1976)
    The animals join a young boy as he walks through the forest blowing his new horn.
  • Yonie Wondernose/Out of Print

    Marguerite De Angeli

    Paperback (Herald Pr, May 1, 1997)
    This paperback edition is now out of print. However, we do have a hardcover edition available at the same price.Seven-year-old Yonie is a wondernose because he can't keep his nose out of anything and is always getting into trouble. When his parents go away overnight, he's left as the man of the house and promised a special reward if he can keep himself and the farm out of trouble. But that night a bad storm brings trouble--the kind that not even a full-grown man could handle easily. A Caldecott Honor Book. Illustrations Ages 7-11. Pub: 7/97. .
  • Many Moons

    James Thurber, Louis Slobodkin

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., March 15, 1971)
    L2 Glossy paperback 1971 9.00x7.50x0.20 Glossy paperback 1971 9.00x7.50x0.20 STORY FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, A LITTLE PRINCESS WHO WANTED THE MOON AND GOT IT.

    Berta and Elmer Hader, Berta & Elmer Hader

    Hardcover (Macmillan, Jan. 1, 1966)
  • A Child's Good Night Book

    Margaret Wise Brown, Jean Charlot

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Sept. 30, 1992)
    Night is coming and small things without words are going to sleep . . . sleepy bunnies, sleepy birds, and sleepy children, too, are getting under their covers. "Jean Charlot's illustrations are first-rate." —NYT. Barbara Bader called this 1943 book, now restored to its original size and format, "the first of the true bedtime books." 1944 Caldecott Honor Book
  • The Little House

    Virginia Lee Burton

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 26, 1978)
    The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.
  • Dash and Dart

    Buff; Mary and Conrad

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, March 15, 1947)
    Great vintage children's book!
  • Marshmallow

    Clare Turlay Newberry

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Jan. 8, 2008)
    Oliver is a tabby cat who is always the center of attention.Marshmallow is a baby rabbit who moves into Oliver's home.At first Oliver does not welcome Marshmallow, but the little bunny's charms are impossible to resist. This is the true story of how Oliver and Marshmallow become friends.Clare Turlay Newberry's lifelong passions for cats and for drawing come together in this elegantly illustrated book, winner of the 1943 Caldecott Honor.
  • Make Way for Ducklings

    Robert McCloskey

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Jan. 1, 1941)
    Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home. This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded theCaldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.
  • An American ABC

    Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham

    Hardcover (Macmillan Pub Co, June 1, 1941)
    An American ABC children's book
  • In My Mother's House

    Ann Nolan Clark, Velino Herrera

    Hardcover (Viking Press, March 15, 1991)
    The importance of parents in the lives of Pueblo Indian children is described, and the tribal customs are illustrated
  • Paddle-to-the-Sea

    Holling C. Holling

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 9, 1941)
    A 1942 Caldecott Honor Book A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region.
  • Nothing at All

    Wanda Gag

    Hardcover (Smithmark Pub, Oct. 1, 1998)
    Left alone when his two visible brothers are chosen as pets by a little girl and boy, an invisible puppy tries to find a way to become a dog that everyone can see and love.
  • Nothing At All

    Wanda Gag

    Hardcover (Univ Of Minnesota Press, Aug. 5, 2004)
    "Nothing at All" is the name of an orphaned puppy living with his two brothers until two children come to adopt them. Unfortunately, Nothing at All is left behind - not out of cruelty, but because he is invisible!He is horribly lonely until he meets a bird, Jackdaw, who says that he knows how to make the puppy visible. Nothing at All doesn't think much of the bird at first, but follows the instructions anyway, and after a little time, hard work, and a lot of dizziness, the puppy becomes visible and joins his brothers in their new family.
  • They Were Strong and Good

    Robert Lawson

    Library Binding (Viking Books for Young Readers, Jan. 1, 2006)
    Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941, They Were Strong and Good is a classic book that follows the path of one family’s journey through American history. Robert Lawson introduces us to his forefathers and with them we brave Caribbean storms, travel to the wharf markets of New York, and fight in the Civil War. Amidst these adventures Lawson’s grandparents meet, marry, and raise a family, and later his parents follow the same cycle of life. But this book is more than just the story of one family, it’s a social history of our country. It reminds us to be proud of our ancestors—who they were, what they did, and the effect that they had on the nation we live in today. None of them were great or famous, but they were strong and good. They worked hard and had many children. They all helped to make the United States the great nation that it now is. Let us be proud of them and guard well the heritage they have left us.
  • April's Kittens

    Clare Turlay Newberry

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Oct. 2, 1968)
    Since it was first published over fifty years ago, April's Kittens remains a classic cat story and is now made available again in this handsome new edition.Many children understand April's dilemma when her cat, Sheba, has three kittens. April is thrilled until her father insists that theirs is strickly a one-cat household. April must give up three cats, but which ones? The aptly named Charcoal? Tiger-striped Butch? Sweet-faced Brenda?--or even Sheba?How April eventually comes up with the perfect solutions makes for a heartwarming story that has appealed to many young cat lovers and will continue to delight generations of children everywhere. Clare's Newberry's enchanting illustrations reflect her fondness for cats; School Library Journal deemed these "beautiful drawings, so real one wants to pet them."
  • Abraham Lincoln

    Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

    Paperback (Yearling, April 1, 1987)
    From his humble beginnings in the Kentucky wilderness to the peak of his career as President, this picture biography brings Lincoln to life for first-time readers.
  • Cock a Doodle Doo

    Berta Hader, Elmer Hader

    Library Binding (Atheneum, June 1, 1939)
  • Madeline

    Ludwig Bemelmans

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, Jan. 1, 1967)
    “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.” Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years! Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.