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Caldecott Award Winners

on March 19, 2014


Each year the Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s books published the previous year. However, as many persons became concerned that the artists creating picture books for children were as deserving of honor and encouragement as were the authors of children’s books, Frederic G. Melcher suggested in 1937 the establishment of a second annual medal. This medal is to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year and named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott.

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2015: The adventures of Beekle: the unimaginary friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

2014: Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca


2013: This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

2012: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

2010: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The lion & the mouse

2009:  The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

The house in the night

2008The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures

2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner


2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window Illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster

The hello, goodbye window

2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's first full moon

2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The man who walked between the towers

2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

The three pigs

2001: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George

So you want to be president?

2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Joseph had a little overcoat

1999: Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian ; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowflake Bentley

1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky


1997: Golem by David Wisniewski 


1995Smoky Night , illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting

Smoky night

1994Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine

Grandfather's journey

1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the high wire

1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner


1991: Black and White by David Macaulay

Black and white

1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China

1989: Song and Dance Man , illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman

Song and dance man

1988: Owl Moon , illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen

Owl moon

1987: Hey, Al , illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks

Hey, Al

1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The polar express

1985: Saint George and the Dragon , illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges

Saint George and the dragon : a golden legend

1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen

The glorious flight : across the Channel with Louis Bleriot, July 25, 1909

1983: Shadow , translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars


1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg


1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel


1980: Ox-Cart Man , illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall

Ox-cart man

1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Book Jacket

1978: Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

Noah's ark

1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions , illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove

Ashanti to Zulu : African traditions

1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears , illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema

Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale

1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

Arrow to the sun : a Pueblo Indian tale

1974: Duffy and the Devil , illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach

Duffy and the devil

1973: The Funny Little Woman , illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel

The funny little woman

1972: One Fine Day , retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian

One fine day

1971: A Story A Story , retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley

A story, a story : an African tale

1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Book Jacket

1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship , illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome

The fool of the world and the flying ship : a Russian tale

1968: Drummer Hoff , illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley

Front Cover

1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness

Sam, Bangs, & moonshine

1966: Always Room for One More , illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas

There's always room for one more

1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers 

Front Cover

1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the wild things are

1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The snowy day

1962: Once a Mouse , retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown

Once a mouse ... a fable cut in wood

1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings , illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins

1960: Nine Days to Christmas , illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

Nine days to Christmas

1959: Chanticleer and the Fox , illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney

1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

Time of wonder

1957: A Tree Is Nice , illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry

A tree is nice

1956: Frog Went A-Courtin’ , illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff)

Frog went a-courtin'

1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper , illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown

Cinderella, or, The little glass slipper

1954: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans

1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

The biggest bear

1952: Finders Keepers , illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]

Finders keepers

1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

The egg tree

1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi

Song of the swallows

1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader

The big snow

1948: White Snow, Bright Snow , illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt

1947: The Little Island , illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald

1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham

The rooster crows : a book of American rhymes and jingles

1945: Prayer for a Child , illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field

Prayer for a child

1944: Many Moons , illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber

1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

The little house

1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Make way for ducklings

1941: They Were Strong and Good , by Robert Lawson

1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Abraham Lincoln

1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth

1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book , illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish

Animals of the Bible, a picture book

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