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 gives 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 winners and honorees are at the top. And be sure to check out our list of Newbery Medal and Honor Books and Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners.

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Watercress

age 5+

Beautiful art portrays a family unearthing past hardship.

By: Andrea Wang (2021)
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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

age 8+

Illuminating retelling of a tragic American event.

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We Are Water Protectors

age 3+

Powerful words, vibrant images inspire care for the earth.

By: Carole Lindstrom (2020)
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Me & Mama

age 4+

Warmhearted tale celebrates everyday mother-daughter love.

By: Cozbi A. Cabrera (2020)
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Outside In

age 4+

Gorgeous but moody images contrast with joy of outdoors.

By: Deborah Underwood (2020)
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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

age 5+

Powerful poem reflects on Black Americans' emotional story.

By: Zetta Elliott (2021)
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Bear Came Along

age 4+

Bear finds he's not alone in fun, eye-opening adventure.

By: Richard T. Morris (2019)
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Double Bass Blues

age 4+

Gorgeous story of a boy's excellence and the power of music.

By: Andrea J. Loney (2019)
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Going Down Home with Daddy

age 6+

Beautiful book about a very special family reunion.

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The Undefeated

age 6+

Poetic tribute to African American heroes and struggles.

By: Kwame Alexander (2019)
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Hello Lighthouse

age 4+

Unique, engaging look at the life of a lighthouse keeper.

By: Sophie Blackall (2018)
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

age 3+

Girl sneaks nibbles, mooncake wanes in cozy bedtime charmer.

By: Grace Lin (2018)
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Big Cat, Little Cat

age 3+

Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship.

By: Elisha Cooper (2017)
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

age 5+

Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.

By: Derrick Barnes (2017)
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A Different Pond

age 6+

Exquisitely tender family story of Vietnamese refugees.

By: Bao Phi (2017)
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Grand Canyon

age 7+

Informative, imaginative, gorgeous intro to natural history.

By: Jason Chin (2017)
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Wolf in the Snow

age 4+

Girl rescues lost wolf pup in wordless tale of compassion.

By: Matthew Cordell (2018)
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

age 6+

Exuberant bio celebrates artist who had success when young.

By: Javaka Steptoe (2016)
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Freedom in Congo Square

age 5+

Slaves' lives, jazz roots shown in stunning nonfiction book.

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Du Iz Tak?

age 4+

Bugs speak gibberish and marvel at nature in joyous book.

By: Carson Ellis (2016)
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