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Children's Literature Guide: Caldecott Medal Winners

Guide for children's literature awards winners

About the Award

The Caldecott Medal is named after the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, names the award winner. For more information, visit

A listing of the Caldecott Medal Winners housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These books are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification. 

Award Winners

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number


Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear / Mattick, Lindsay.

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

PZ7.1.M38 FIN 2015


The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend / Santat, Dan.

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

PZ7.S23817 ADV 2014


Locomotive / Floca, Brian

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

TJ603.2 .F56 2013


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

A little fish thinks he can get away with stealing a hat.

PZ7 .K678 TH 2012


A ball for Daisy / Raschka, Christopher.

A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

PZ7.R1814 BAL 2011


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

Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

PZ7 .S808566 SI 2010


The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even a small creature is capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

PZ8.2 .P456 LI 2009


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

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

PZ7 .S97255 HOU 2008


The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures / by Brian Selznick.

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

PZ7 .S4654 INV 2007


Flotsam / David Wiesner.

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

PZ 7 .W6367 FL 2006


The hello, goodbye window / story by Norton Juster ; pictures by Chris Raschka.

A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.

PZ7 .J984 HE 2005


Kitten's first full moon / Kevin Henkes.

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

PZ7.H389 KI 2004


The man who walked between the towers / Mordicai Gerstein.

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

GV551 .G47 2003


My friend Rabbit / Eric Rohmann.

Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

PZ7.R6413 MY 2002


The three pigs / David Wiesner.

The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

PZ7.W6367 TH 2001


So you want to be president? / by Judith St. George ; illustrated by David Small.

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

E176.1 .S699 2000


Joseph had a little overcoat / Simms Taback.

A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

PZ7.T1115 JO 1999