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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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  • Chanticleer and the Fox

    Geoffrey Chaucer, Barbara Cooney

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Nov. 1, 1982)
    King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom. Winner, 1959 Caldecott MedalNotable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)Winner, 1992 Kerlan Award
  • The House That Jack Built

    Antonio Frasconi

    Hardcover (Harcourt Brace and Company, Inc., Jan. 1, 1958)
    Text in English and French. Color woodcut illustrations by Frasconi. Dust jacket lightly soiled and small tear at top of spine. unpaginated. cloth, dust jacket, illustrated endpapers. 4to..
  • What Do You Say, Dear?

    Sesyle Joslin, Maurice Sendak

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Sept. 25, 1986)
    What do you say when:You bump into a crocodile on a crowded city street?A nice gentleman introduces you to a baby elephant?The Queen feeds you so much spaghetti that you don’t fit in your chair anymore?This is the funniest book of manners you’ll ever read!
  • Umbrella

    Taro Yashima

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, April 17, 1958)
    Momo can't wait to use the red boots and umbrella she received on her birthday. All she needs now is a rainy day! Soft illustrations portray a thoughtful story about patience and growing independence.
  • Time of Wonder

    Robert McCloskey

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Dec. 2, 1985)
    The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.
  • Fly High, Fly Low

    Don Freeman

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 11, 2004)
    Fly High, Fly Low, a Caldecott Honor book, tells the story of two San Francisco birds who hatch some eggs in a very unconventional place-the letter "B" in the sign on top of the Bay Hotel. But what happens when the sign is taken down? Told with Freeman's typical humor and simplicity, the book features breathtaking vistas of San Francisco.
  • Anatole And The Cat

    Eve Titus, Paul Galdone

    Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Jan. 12, 2010)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Anatole is Vice-President in charge of Cheese Tasting at Duvall's cheese factory. The people at Duvall have no idea their mysterious taster is really a mouse! So M'sieu Duvall thinks nothing of bringing his pet cat to the factory.
  • A Tree Is Nice

    Janice May Udry, Marc Simont

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, March 14, 1956)
    Winner of the Caldecott Medal“A radiant and buoyant picture book.” —The Horn BookA Tree Is Nice is a classic tale about the beauty of the everyday world. "Simont's watercolors perfectly complement the poetic simplicity of the text, allowing the reader room to engage in his or her own imaginative embroiderings about trees" (Children's Books and Their Creators).Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its trunk, roll in its leaves, or hang a swing from one of its limbs. Cows and babies can nap in the shade of a tree. Birds can make nests in the branches. A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice.
  • Mister Penny's Race Horse

    Marie Hall Ets, Marie Hall Ets;

    Hardcover (Henry Woodfield, March 15, 1958)
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  • 1 Is One

    Tasha Tudor

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 1, 2000)
    Tasha Tudor teaches young readers to count to twentry in this beautifully illustrated, Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.1 is one duckling swimming in a dish 2 is two sisters making a wish “There will, of course, always be children who must learn to count. Teach them also to enjoy the process and to count those things that are most important to them. Eighteen stars twinkling in the sky and twelve baby birds learning how to sing are an excellent start.” —Tasha Tudor, author and illustrator of 1 Is One
  • Anatole

    Eve Titus, Paul Galdone

    Library Binding (Turtleback, Jan. 12, 2010)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family--but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note--""good,"" ""not so good,"" ""needs orange peel""--and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed--but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward--if only they could find him...
  • Gillespie and the Guards

    Benjamin Elkin, James Daugherty

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, Aug. 17, 1956)
    The king offers a prize to anyone who can fool his sharp-sighted guards.
  • Lion

    William Pene du Bois

    Paperback (Puffin, March 31, 1983)
    The artist foreman at the animal factory in the sky has trouble creating a pleasing lion
  • Frog Went A-Courtin'

    John Langstaff, Feodor Rojankovsky

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, March 10, 1955)
    “A favorite old nursery ballad now appears in resplendent new dress. . . . Illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky somehow manages to combine quaintness with sophistication and his doughty frog, the coy mouse . . . and others make charming company.”--The New York Times Book Review
  • Play with Me

    Marie Hall Ets

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 30, 1976)
    A Caldecott Honor BookOut in a meadow, a little girl just wants to play, but the animals keep running away. Until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back to her. Teaching patience and gentleness this classic story is wonderful for children of all ages.
  • Crow Boy

    Taro Yashima

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 30, 1976)
    Winner of a Caldecott HonorA shy Japanese boy having difficulty adjusting to school is misjudged by his classmates. Chibi has been an outcast since that frightening first day of school when he hid under the schoolhouse. Afraid of the teacher and unable to make any friends, Chibi passes his free time alone — alone at study time, alone at playtime, always a "forlorn little tag-along." But when Mr. Isobe arrives, the teacher sees things in Chibi that no one else has ever noticed... "A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Pictures and text of moving and harmonious simplicity." —Saturday Review
  • Cinderella, Or, The Little Glass Slipper

    Marcia Brown

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback, April 1, 1997)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. With the hep of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is able to attend the ball and win the heart of the handsome Prince.
  • Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes

    Marguerite De Angeli

    Paperback (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, July 3, 1979)
    Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Wheel on the Chimney

    Margaret Wise Brown, Tibor Gergely

    Hardcover (J.P. Lippincott, April 15, 1985)
    First there is one stork, then there are two. They build their nest on a wheel that a Hungarian farmer has tied to his chimney. The farmer is glad. Storks bring great honor and good luck to the house where they choose to build their nest.All summer long the storks raise their family of two small white silent storks in the nest on the wheel on the chimney. Then autumn comes and joined by thousands of other storks they silently fly south, always south, heading for the deep warm wilderness of Africa, their winter home. And when springtime returns, the storks fly north, build new nests on wheels on chimneys, and their story begins all over again.Wheel on the Chimney is the result of a wonderful collaboration between artist and author. Tibor Gergely had always wanted to do a picture book about the beautiful storks of Hungary, his native land. And when Margaret Wise Brown saw his lovely paintings, she was eager to write the story of the marvelous, brave birds whose cycle of migration brings them back each spring to build their nests on farmers' chimneys.
  • The Thanksgiving Story

    Alice Dalgliesh, Helen Sewell

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Aug. 31, 1988)
    In this festive Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are all passengers aboard the crowded Mayflower, journeying to the New World to start a new life. Things get a little more cramped when their baby brother Oceanus is born during the passage. However, when they arrive, there are even worse challenges to face as the Pilgrims are subjected to hunger, cold, and sickness that put their small colony in great danger. With the help of the Native Americans though, they might just be able to survive their first year in this strange land—and have a November harvest to celebrate for generations!
  • Madeline's Rescue

    Ludwig Bemelmans

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, April 3, 1953)
    Winner of the Caldecott Medal“In an old house in Paristhat was covered with vineslived twelve little girlsin two straight linesthe 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!When Madeline falls into the river Seine and nearly drowns, a courageous canine comes to her rescue. Now Genevieve the dog is Madeline's cherished pet, and the envy of all the other girls. What can be done when there's just not enough hound to go around?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.
  • Journey Cake, Ho!

    Ruth Sawyer, Robert McCloskey

    Paperback (Puffin, Jan. 26, 1978)
    Johnny is leaving the farm because of hard times when his Journey Cake leads him on a merry chase that results in a farm yard full of animals and the family all together again.
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier

    Hans Christian Andersen, Marcia Brown, M. R. James

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, March 15, 1953)
    Classic Hans Christian Andersen tale
  • A Very Special House

    Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperColl, Nov. 13, 2001)
    Continuing a two-year program to bring back twenty-two Maurice Sendak treasures long out of print, our second season of publication highlights one of the most successful author-illustrator pairings of all time. A pioneer of great children's literature, Ruth Krausspublished more than thirty books for children during a career that spanned forty years. Krauss and Sendak collaborated on eight books, and we are delighted to reintroduce four of these gems in brand-new editions, together with a favorite Maurice Sendak picture book.
  • Green Eyes

    A. Birnbaum

    Hardcover (Golden Books, May 15, 2001)
    A cat recalls favorite experiences from each season of its first year of life, from struggling to get out of its cozy box in the spring, to snuggling by the radiator in the cold of winter.
  • The Biggest Bear

    Lynd Ward

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 15, 1973)
    Winner of the 1953 Caldecott Medal Johnny Orchard brings home a playful bear cub that soon becomes huge and a nuisance to the neighbors.
  • Puss in Boots

    Charles Perrault, Marcia Brown

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, July 6, 1952)
  • One Morning in Maine

    Robert McCloskey

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, April 14, 1952)
    A Caldecott Honor Book!Today is a specidal day for Sal because she gets to go to Buck's Harbour with her dad. But when she wakes up to brush her teeth with her baby sister, she discovers something shocking.... Her tooth is loose!And that's just the start of a huge day!
  • Ape in a Cape: An Alphabet of Odd Animals

    Fritz Eichenberg

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 10, 1988)
    A 1953 Caldecott Honor Book “The richness of coloring; the strength, action and humor in the drawing; and the original rhyme for each letter make this an alphabet book to treasure.”--The Horn Book
  • The Storm Book

    Charlotte Zolotow, Margaret Bloy Graham

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Jan. 15, 1989)
    A Caldecott Honor book about a little boy’s curiosity during a summer storm, poetically written by celebrated author Charlotte Zolotow and with stunning illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. This beautifully crafted story is perfect to pull out and enjoy on rainy days and for classroom discussions on weather patterns. It is a day in the country. Quiet, dusty, expectant.Everything is hot and still. Then the hazy sky begins to shift. Something is astir, something soundless. Shadows move over the world. And then it happens! Shooting through the sky like starlight…What was that?
  • five Little Monkeys

    Juliet Kepes

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin, March 15, 1975)
    "A delightful jungle episode in which five wily little monkeys with bad reputations regain the favor of the other animals. Children will share their glee as Buzzo, Binki, Bulu, and Bali play tricks...Surely popular." Kirkus reviews (from back cover)
  • Finders Keepers

    Will Lipkind, Mordvinoff Nicolas

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug. 1, 1989)
    Two dogs find one bone and have difficulty deciding which of them owns it. “Here is a perfect combination of rollicking story and pictures that have strength, life and humor in every line.”--The Horn Book
  • Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo

    Marie Hall Ets

    Library Binding (Viking, March 15, 1965)
  • Skipper John's Cook

    Marcia Brown

    Hardcover (Scribner, June 15, 1951)
  • All Falling Down

    Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham

    Library Binding (Harpercollins Juvenile Books, June 15, 1951)
    Leaves, snow, night, and everything else is falling down except Jimmy, whose Daddy catches him
  • Bear Party

    William Pene du Bois

    Paperback (The Viking Press, May 19, 1969)
    Book by Pene du Bois, William
  • The Egg Tree

    Katherine Milhous

    Paperback (Aladdin, Feb. 28, 1992)
    One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom's house. Katy couldn't find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs... Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree -- an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition. This Caldecott Medal-winning story of a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter will surely inspire children to make Egg Trees of their very own.
  • Dick Whittington and His Cat

    Marcia Brown

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Aug. 30, 1988)
    Retells the legend of the poor boy in medieval England who trades his beloved cat for a fortune in gold and jewels and eventually becomes Lord Mayor of London.
  • The two Reds


    Hardcover (Harcourt, Brace & World, March 15, 1950)
  • If I Ran the Zoo

    Dr. Seuss

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 12, 1950)
    Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!
  • The Most Wonderful Doll in the World

    Phyllis McGinley, Helen Stone

    Paperback (Scholastic, Nov. 1, 1992)
    Originally published in 1950, this Caldecott Honor Book follows Dulcy as she describes to her father why her missing doll, Angela, was the most wonderful doll in the world. Reprint.
  • The Song of the Swallows

    Leo Politi

    Paperback (Aladdin, April 30, 1987)
    Every summer, the swallows leave San Juan Capistrano and fly far away, to a peaceful green island -- but they always come back in the spring, on St. Joseph's Day. Juan loves las golondrinas, and so does his friend, Julian, the gardener at the mission. This year, Juan plants a garden in his own yard. There's nothing he wants more than for the swallows to nest there. And on St. Joseph's Day, his dream comes true. Leo Politi is the beloved author and illustrator of Pedro, The Angel of Olvera Street, among many other books for children. Song of the Swallows won the Caldecott Medal in 1950.
  • America's Ethan Allen

    Dr. Stewart Holbrook, Lynd Ward

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin, March 15, 1949)
  • The Happy Day

    Ruth Krauss, Marc Simont

    Library Binding (HarperCollins, Jan. 1, 1949)
    The woodland animals awake from their deep winter's sleep to discover the first sign of spring'a flower blooming in the snow. 1950 Caldecott Honor Book
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck:

    Dr. Seuss

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 12, 1949)
    In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, join Bartholomew Cubbins in Dr. Seuss’s classic tale of one king’s magical mishap. Bored with rain, sun, fog, and snow, King Derwin of Didd summons his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. What he gets is a storm of sticky green globs called Oobleck, which soon causes a royal mess. But with the assistance of the wise page boy Bartholomew, the king (along with young readers) learns that the simplest words can sometimes solve the biggest problems.
  • Henry-Fisherman

    Marcia Brown

    Library Binding (Atheneum, June 1, 1949)