Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

Every January, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Randolph Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in English by an American publisher in the United States during the preceding year. The Caldecott committee also awards several Caldecott Honor awards to artists of other books of distinction. Check out our list of some of the recent Caldecott-winning books. The latest ones are at the top. And be sure to check out our list of Newbery Medal and Honor Books.

 

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Big Cat, Little Cat Book Poster Image
Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship.
By Elisha Cooper
(2018)
(2017)
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Book Poster Image
Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.
By Derrick Barnes
(2018)
(2017)
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A Different Pond Book Poster Image
Exquisitely tender family story of Vietnamese refugees.
By Bao Phi
(2017)
(2017)
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Grand Canyon Book Poster Image
Informative, imaginative, gorgeous intro to natural history.
By Jason Chin
(2017)
(2017)
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Wolf in the Snow Book Poster Image
Girl rescues lost wolf pup in wordless tale of compassion.
By Matthew Cordell
(2018)
(2018)
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Book Poster Image
Exuberant bio celebrates artist who had success when young.
By Javaka Steptoe
(2017)
(2016)
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Freedom in Congo Square Book Poster Image
Slaves' lives, jazz roots shown in stunning nonfiction book.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2017)
(2016)
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Du Iz Tak? Book Poster Image
Bugs speak gibberish and marvel at nature in joyous book.
By Carson Ellis
(2016)
(2016)
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In Plain Sight Book Poster Image
Playful, loving relationship shines in sweet grandpa tale.
By Richard Jackson
(2017)
(2017)
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Leave Me Alone! Book Poster Image
Granny treks off to knit in peace in funny modern folktale.
By Vera Brosgol
(2017)
(2016)
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They All Saw a Cat Book Poster Image
Everyone sees differently in clever look at point of view.
By Brendan Wenzel
(2016)
(2016)
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Green Book Poster Image
Clever color book expands idea of green in nature, at home.
By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(2012)
(2012)
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Book Poster Image
Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.
By Dan Santat
(2014)
(2014)
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A Ball for Daisy Book Poster Image
Wordless story of dog's ball loss mirrors kids' emotions.
By Chris Raschka
(2012)
(2011)
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Flora and the Flamingo Book Poster Image
Girl makes a feathered friend in whimsical, wordless outing.
By Molly Idle
(2013)
(2013)
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The Lion & the Mouse Book Poster Image
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
(2009)
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This Is Not My Hat Book Poster Image
Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.
By Jon Klassen
(2012)
(2012)
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Blackout Book Poster Image
Beautiful book captures the magic after lights go out.
By John Rocco
(2012)
(2011)
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Extra Yarn Book Poster Image
Fanciful story of generosity has a classic folk-tale feel.
By Mac Barnett
(2013)
(2012)
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Interrupting Chicken Book Poster Image
Funny award-winning book imparts gentle manners lesson.
By David Ezra Stein
(2011)
(2010)
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Locomotive Book Poster Image
Gorgeous story of train journey is exciting, fact-packed.
By Brian Floca
(2013)
(2013)
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Mr. Wuffles! Book Poster Image
Highly original, very visual tale of cat vs. tiny aliens.
By David Wiesner
(2013)
(2013)
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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Book Poster Image
Quirky tale of boys' spectacular backyard adventure.
By Mac Barnett
(2014)
(2014)
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Book Poster Image
2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.
By Philip C. Stead
(2011)
(2010)
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Viva Frida Book Poster Image
Exuberant portrayal of artist's passion for art.
By Yuyi Morales
(2014)
(2014)
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Waiting Book Poster Image
Toys calmly take in whatever happens in Zen-like tale.
By Kevin Henkes
(2015)
(2015)
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Grandpa Green Book Poster Image
Man's life is lovingly recalled by his grandson and garden.
By Lane Smith
(2012)
(2011)
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Journey Book Poster Image
Enchanting art, wordless fantasy lead kids to tell story.
By Aaron Becker
(2013)
(2013)
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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Book Poster Image
Amazing award-winning historical story told in free verse.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2011)
(2010)
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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Book Poster Image
Engaging picture-book intro to word-loving thesaurus author.
By Jen Bryant
(2014)
(2014)
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This One Summer Book Poster Image
Well-observed graphic novel charts transition to adolesence.
By Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
(2014)
(2014)
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