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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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  • Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

    Paul Goble

    Hardcover (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, Feb. 1, 2001)
    Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
  • Freight Train

    Donald Crews

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, March 4, 2003)
    A Caldecott Honor BookRed caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train.This Caldecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train.Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.
  • The Way to Start a Day

    Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall

    Paperback (Aladdin, May 31, 1986)
    Beautiful paintings highlight the ways various peoples from around the world welcome the sun and the start of a new day in this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.Some people say there is a new sun every day, and that it begins its life at dawn and lives for one day only. They say you have to welcome it. From cavemen, to the Aztecs, to the ancient Egyptians, Baylor Bird describes the ways that people throughout history and the world celebrated the dawn. By the end you may be inspired to create your own song for the sunrise.
  • Noah's Ark

    Peter Spier

    Hardcover (Doubleday, Aug. 12, 1977)
    ★ Caldecott Medal Winner ★"the book is a triumph, the definitive Noah's Ark."—Publishers WeeklyWinner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Peter Spier's Noah's Ark has been the iconic edition of this tale for over 40 years, in print continuously since its debut in 1977.In Spier's imaginative retelling, readers witness the danger and the grandeur of the terrifying flood but also the lighter moments: Noah's wife jumping on a crate to avoid the rats; Noah shooing all but two bees from a busy hive; and all the animal babies being born in the spring. It's an illustration feat that's both majestic and tender.
  • Castle

    David Macaulay

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 25, 1982)
    A 1978 Caldecott Honor Book The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.
  • It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale

    Margot Zemach

    Paperback (Square Fish, Sept. 1, 1990)
    Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut.Because they were so crowded, the children often fought and the man and his wife argued. When the poor man was unable to stand it any longer, he ran to the Rabbi for help.As he follows the Rabbi's unlikely advice, the poor man's life goes from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results. In his little hut, silly calamity follows foolish catastrophe, all memorably depicted in full-color illustrations that are both funnier and lovelier than any this distinguished artist has done in the past.It Could Always Be Worse is a 1977 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1978 Caldecott Honor Book.
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

    Margaret Musgrove, Diane Dillon

    Hardcover (Dial Books, Jan. 1, 1976)
    Artists Leo and Diane Dillon won their second consecutive Caldecott Medal for this stunning ABC of African culture. "Another virtuoso performance. . . . Such an astute blend of aesthetics and information is admirable, the child's eye will be rewarded many times over."--Booklist. ALA Notable Book; Caldecott Medal.
  • The Amazing Bone

    William Steig

    Paperback (Square Fish, July 5, 2011)
    Can Pearl, a pig, and her new friend, a small talking bone, outwit a band of robbers and a hungry fox?The Amazing Bone is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 1977 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards Honor Book for Picture Books.
  • The Contest

    Nonny Hogrogian

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, March 15, 1976)
    An Armenian folktale about two robbers courting the same girl.
  • Fish for Supper

    M. B. Goffstein

    Hardcover (Dial Books, Oct. 17, 2002)
    Describes Grandmother's typical day of fishing.
  • The Golem: A Jewish Legend

    Beverly Brodsky McDermott

    Hardcover (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, March 1, 1976)
    A retelling of the Jewish legend of the golem created by Rabbi Lev to protect the Jews of Prague from the angry mob.
  • Hawk, I'm Your Brother

    Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall

    Paperback (Aladdin, Nov. 30, 1986)
    A Caldecott Honor Book An Ala Notable Book
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

    Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

    Paperback (Dial Books for Young Readers, Dec. 1, 2008)
    "In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece." -Booklist, starred review.
  • The Desert Is Theirs

    Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 1975)
    Simple text and illustrations describe the characteristics of the desert and its plant, animal, and human life.
  • Strega Nona

    Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola

    Paperback (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sept. 3, 1979)
    When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.Strega Nona—"Grandma Witch"—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.
  • Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

    Gerald McDermott

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Feb. 24, 1977)
    With vibrant colors and bold geometric forms, Gerald McDermott brilliantly captures the stylized look of Pueblo Indian art in this Caldecott Award-winning retelling of an ancient legend. A young boy searches for his father, but before he can claim his heritage he must first prove his worthiness by passing through the four ceremonial chambers: the kiva of lions, the kiva of snakes, the kiva of bees, and the kiva of lightning. Striking in its simplicity and grace, Arrow to the Sun vividly evokes the Native American reverence for the source of all life—the Solar Fire. Winner of the Caldecott
  • Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

    Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings

    Paperback (Puffin Books, July 15, 1992)
    A companion to the Caldecott Honor Book Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book Jambo Means Hello introduces children to the Swahili alphabet with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations. A Caldecott Honor Book* “A lyrical song of Swahili life.”—School Library Journal, starred review
  • Duffy and the Devil

    Harve Zemach, Margot Zemach

    Paperback (Square Fish, Dec. 1, 1986)
    Duffy and the Devil was a popular play in Cornwall in the nineteenth century, performed at the Christmas season by groups of young people who went from house to house. The Zemachs have interpreted the folk tale which the play dramatized, recognizable as a version of the widespread Rumpelstiltskin story. Its main themes are familiar, but the character and details of this picture book are entirely Cornish, as robust and distinctive as the higgledy-piggledy, cliff-hanging villages that dot England's southwestern coast from Penzance to Land's End.The language spoken by the Christmas players was a rich mixture of local English dialect and Old Cornish (similar to Welsh and Gaelic), and something of this flavor is preserved in Harve Zemach's retelling. Margot Zemach's pen-and-wash illustrations combine a refined sense of comedy with telling observation of character, felicitous drawing with decorative richness, to a degree that surpasses her own past accomplishments.Duffy and the Devil is a 1973 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1974 National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books, and the winner of the 1974 Caldecott Medal.
  • Three Jovial Huntsmen

    Susan Jeffers, Susan [illustrator] Jeffers

    Paperback (Susan Jeffers, Aug. 16, 1973)
    The woods are alive with animals hiding among the tree trunks, between their roots, on their branches. But to the three huntsmen, there is nothing there at all. They must go home empty-handed. Includes breath taking illustrations.

    David Macaulay

    Paperback (HarperCollins Publishers, Feb. 22, 1982)
  • The Funny Little Woman

    Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Feb. 14, 1993)
    In this Caldecott Medal-winning tale set in Old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling—and must outwit the wicked three-eyed oni when she lands in their clutches. “The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story. . . . It’s all done with a commendable amount of taste, imagination, and style.”—School Library Journal (starred review) “A beautifully convincing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review “Using elements of traditional Japanese art, the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures.”—The Horn Book “Lent’s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed, delicate drawings and rip-roaring good humor.”—The Boston Globe “A good read-aloud with lots of suspense.”—Learning Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book Child Study Association Book of the Year The Horn Book Fanfare
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

    Gerald McDermott

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), May 15, 1972)
    Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief-maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion.In adapting this popular folktale, Gerald McDermott merges the old with the new, combining bold, rich color with traditional African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms.Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.
  • Hosie's Alphabet

    Leonard Baskin

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Oct. 30, 1972)
    A full-page illustration of a creature for each letter of the alphabet, including a bumptious baboon, furious fly, ghastly garrulous gargoyle, and quintessential quail.
  • Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

    Randall Jarrell, Nancy Burkert

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Nov. 1, 1987)
    Classic Golden Guide retells the Grimm Brothers' tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony.
  • When Clay Sings

    Byrd Baylor, Tom Bahti

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 30, 1987)
    The daily life and customs of prehistoric southwest Indian tribes are retraced from the designs on the remains of their pottery
  • One Fine Day

    Nonny Hogrogian

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 1, 1974)
    This humorous retelling of a favorite Armenian folktale is a story small children will follow and read along with ease.“One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.” The jaunty red fox stole milk from an old farm woman, lost his tail under the annoyed woman’s knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971.
  • Hildilid's Night

    Chelli Duran Ryan, Arnold Lobel

    Hardcover (Macmillan, Aug. 31, 1986)
    An elderly woman who hates the night tries everything she can think of to get rid of it--from burning it, to drowning it, to feeding it to the hounds
  • If All The Seas Were One Sea

    Janina Domanska

    Paperback (Aladdin, March 1, 1996)
    An illustrated version of a traditional nursery rhyme
  • Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book

    Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Aug. 15, 1992)
    A Caldecott Honor BookMoja Means One introduces children to counting in Swahili with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations. “Magnificient, full-page drawings throb with the feeling of East African life.”—Child Study AssociationLook for the Caldecott Honor Book and companion title: Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book
  • A Story, a Story

    Gail E. Haley

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Feb. 1, 1970)
    Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the "spider man," are called, "Spider Stories." This book is about how that came to be. The African storyteller begins: "We do not really mean, we do not really mean that what we are about to say is true. A Story, a story; let it come, let it go." And it tells that long, long ago there were no stories on earth for children to hear. All stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy some of these stories, so he spun a web up to the sky and went up to bargain with the Sky God. The price the Sky God asked was Osebo, the leopard of-the-terrible-teeth, Mmboro the hornet who-stings-like-fire, and Mmoatia the fairy whom-men-never-see. How Ananse paid the price is told in a graceful and clever text, with forceful, lovely woodcut illustrations.
  • The angry moon

    William Sleator

    Hardcover (Little, Brown, Jan. 1, 1970)
    An Indian girl insults the moon and is held prisoner by him until her friend reaches the sky country to rescue her.
  • Frog and Toad are Friends

    Arnold Lobel

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Feb. 18, 2003)
    Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad—a Caldecott Honor Book! This classic I Can Read story is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be. Frog and Toad Are Friends is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.The classic Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel have won numerous awards and honors, including a Newbery Honor (Frog and Toad Together), a Caldecott Honor (Frog and Toad are Friends), ALA Notable Children’s Book, Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book), School Library Journal Best Children’s Book, and Library of Congress Children’s Book.
  • In the Night Kitchen

    Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Jan. 19, 1996)
    From the acclaimed author-artist Maurice Sendak comes a Caldecott Honor-winning tale of a fantastical dream world. This comic fantasy will delight readers of all ages with playful illustrations and an imaginative world only Sendak could create. In the Night Kitchen is the classic story of Mickey's adventures in the bakers’ kitchen as they prepare our morning cake. "Milk in the batter! Milk in the batter! We bake cake and nothing’s the matter!" the bakers sing. The bakers in the night kitchen need more milk for their batter, but then Mickey falls into the cake! They decide to put him in the oven anyway, but Mickey has different plans. He escapes in a plane made of bread dough and helps the bakers find the milk at last."A celebration of the primal, sensory world of childhood and an affirmation of its imaginative potency," proclaimed Children's Books and Their Creators.
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    William Steig

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Nov. 1, 2005)
    One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Now reissued to celebrate the discovery of the original artwork, this deluxe edition contains painstakingly careful color corrections made from those watercolor originals -- the color you'll see within this book is as Mr. Steig had originally intended it to be. It also features his moving Caldecott Medal acceptance speech. The New York Times Book Review wrote of Mr. Steig that "everything he does is magic." This deluxe edition of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble truly recaptures that magic for a whole new generation of readers.
  • Goggles

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Nov. 1, 1998)
    Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, and Goggles! are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin."A well-loved character, a familiar childhood situation, and an urban setting are the components of this winning picture book, one of Keats's best." -- BooklistEzra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of over eighty-five books for children.
  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

    Leo Lionni

    Hardcover (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Nov. 12, 1969)
    The beloved Caldecott Honor Book and Christopher Award winner about two unlikely friends who see each other for who they are inside.Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander, the real mouse, is chased away with brooms and imperiled by mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse, too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical one, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship. Originally published in 1969, the Caldecott Honor-winning Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers."A delicate fantasy about friendship, illustrated with bold, sumptuous collages."--The New York Times
  • Pop Corn and Ma Goodness

    Edna Mitchell Preston, Robert Andrew Parker

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Oct. 20, 1969)
  • Thy Friend, Obadiah

    Brinton Turkle

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, April 14, 1969)
    Obadiah, a young Quaker boy living in colonial Nantucket, is constantly followed by a sea gull that he wishes would leave him alone. When it does leave, he wants it back.
  • The Judge: An Untrue Tale

    Harve Zemach, Margot Zemach

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 1, 1969)
    "One after another, five prisoners before the bench beg to be released on the grounds that they did not know they were breaking the law, they only reported what they saw...Told in wonderfully humorous illustrations and verse, with an ending that is a perfect climax to the suspenseful buildup."-Starred, Booklist A horrible thing is coming this way Creeping closer day by day-- Its eyes are scary, Its tail is hairy... I tell you, Judge, we all better pray!Anxious prisoner after anxious prisoner echoes and embellishes this cry, but always in vain. The fiery old Judge, impatient with such foolish nonsense, calls them scoundrels, ninnyhammers, and throws them all in jail. But in the end, Justice is done--and the Judge is gone. Head first! Harve Zemach's cumulative verse tale is so infectious that children won't be able to avoid memorizing it. And Margot Zemach's hilarious pictures are brimming with vitality as well as color.
  • How I Found Myself at the Fair

    Pat Rhoads Mauser, Emily Arnold McCully

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Aug. 1, 1980)
    A shy fourth-grader becomes separated from her friend in the chaos of the State Fair.
  • The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

    Molly Bang

    Hardcover (Four Winds Press, May 15, 1980)
    The Grey Lady loves strawberries. But so does the Strawberry Snatcher, and unfortunately for the Grey Lady he is not far away and getting closer all the time. Past flower shops and bakeries he stalks her, silently, steadily, biding his time. He pursues her by foot along haunting red-brick paths, and then by skateboard into the mysterious depths of a swamp both beautiful and terrifying. Closer and closer he gets, and yet the Grey Lady escapes him, in fantastic and marvelously improbable ways, until, in the heart of the forest the Strawberry Snatcher discovers instead -- blackberries! In this wordless allegory, author-illustrator Molly Bang has created a visual feast full of surprise and wonder. Her lively tale skillfully blends fantasy, suspense, and humor, and the magnificent illustrations are a treat for young and old alike.
  • Mice Twice

    Joseph Low

    Paperback (Aladdin, May 31, 1986)
    A round of uneasy hospitality results when Mouse and Dog arrive at Cat's house for dinner.
  • Truck

    Donald Crews

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, March 25, 1991)
    Truck is written and illustrated by the celebrated creator of Freight Train, Bigmama's, School Bus, and many other classic and award-winning picture books for young children. Truck was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association and was also named an ALA Notable Book for Children. It is an ideal book to share with preschoolers, both at home and in the classroom—especially those who love books about transportation! In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops, and crowded highways. "Beautifully executed and appealing."—School Library Journal Supports the Common Core State Standards
  • Ox-Cart Man

    Donald Hall, Barbara Cooney

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Oct. 8, 1979)
    Winner of the Caldecott MedalThus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one - even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again. "Like a pastoral symphony translated into picture book format, the stunning combination of text and illustrations recreates the mood of 19-century rural New England."—The Horn Book
  • Ben's Trumpet

    Rachel Isadora

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, Feb. 1, 1979)
    The story of Ben is fiction, but it could be the story of more than one jazz musician who grew up in the twenties. Using the art-deco style of the period, Rachel Isadora not only captures the poignancy and yearning of a youthful talent, but in page after page of striking art seems to convey the very sound of music.
  • The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    Chris Van Allsburg

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 10, 1979)
    A 1980 Caldecott Honor Book Sometimes that very thin line between illusion and reality is not as clearly defined as we would like it to be. It certainly wasn't the day that Alan Mitz stumbled into the garden of Abdul Gasazi. For in this bizarre and eerie place -- where strange topiary trees loomed -- the evil visage of Gasazi casts its shadow. And even after Alan escaped, the spell of Gasazi still seemed to penetrate into his everyday world. In this extraordinary, unusual, and unique picture book, Chris Van Allsburg explores both the real and surreal worlds with incredible deftness. In doing so, he has created exquisite and beautiful images that will continue to haunt readers long after they have left the enchanted garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • The Treasure

    Uri Shulevitz

    Paperback (Square Fish, Sept. 1, 1986)
    Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace. Feeling a little foolish perhaps, but determined to see for himself if the dream is true, Isaac sets out on his long journey. What he finds makes a surprising and heart-warming ending to this retelling of a well-known folk tale. In a few words, Cadelcott Medal winner Uri Shulevitz draws a man who is innocent enough to have faith in a dream, and wise enough to understand the greatest reward of all.Isaac's solitary journey, his arrival at hte vast city, and his discovery there are all enriched by Mr. Shulevitz's beautifully detailed illustrations, which masterfully capture the spirit of the original tale while keeping it simple enough for the very youngest reader.The Treasure is a 1980 Caldecott Honor Book and a 1979 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.