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Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded every year by the American Library Association to the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published the previous year. The winner is announced each year in January.


2018 Winner

Wolf in the Snow [4] written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Past Winners:

2017: Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat [3]illustrated by Javaka Stevenson
2016: Finding Winnie the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear [9] written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
2015: The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend [10] written and illustrated by Dan Santat
2014: Locomotive [11], written and illustrated by Brian Floca
2013: This Is Not My Hat [12], written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
2012: A Ball for Daisy [13] by Chris Raschka
2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee [14] illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead
2010: The Lion & the Mouse [15] by Jerry Pinkney
2009: The House in the Night [16] illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret [17] by Brian Selznick
2007: Flotsam [18] by David Wiesner
2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window [19] Illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster
2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon [20] by Kevin Henkes
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers [21] by Mordicai Gerstein
2003: My Friend Rabbit [22] by Eric Rohmann
2002: The Three Pigs [23] by David Wiesner
2001: So You Want to Be President? [24] Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat [25] by Simms Taback
1999: Snowflake Bentley [26], Illustrated by Mary Azarian ; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
1998: Rapunzel [27] by Paul O. Zelinsky
1997: Golem [28] by David Wisniewski
1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria [29] by Peggy Rathmann
1995: Smoky Night [30], illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting
1994: Grandfather’s Journey [31] by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine
1993: Mirette on the High Wire [32] by Emily Arnold McCully
1992: Tuesday [33] by David Wiesner
1991: Black and White [34] by David Macaulay
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China [35] by Ed Young
1989: Song and Dance Man [36], illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman
1988: Owl Moon [37], illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen
1987: Hey, Al [38], illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks
1986: The Polar Expres [39]s by Chris Van Allsburg
1985: Saint George and the Dragon [40], illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot [41] by Alice & Martin Provensen
1983: Shadow [42], translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars
1982: Jumanji [43] by Chris Van Allsburg
1981: Fables [44] by Arnold Lobel
1980: Ox-Cart Man [45], illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall
1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horse [46]s by Paul Goble
1978: Noah’s Ark [47] by Peter Spier
1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions [48], illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears [49], illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema
1975: Arrow to the Sun [50] by Gerald McDermott
1974: Duffy and the Devil [51], illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach
1973: The Funny Little Woman [52], illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel
1972: One Fine Day [53], retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
1971: A Story A Story [54], retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble [55] by William Steig
1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship [56], illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome
1968: Drummer Hoff [57], illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley
1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine [58] by Evaline Ness
1966: Always Room for One More [59], illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger]
1965: May I Bring a Friend? [60] illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
1964: Where the Wild Things Are [61] by Maurice Sendak
1963: The Snowy Day [62] by Ezra Jack Keats
1962: Once a Mouse [63], retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown
1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings [64], illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins
1960: Nine Days to Christmas [65], illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
1959: 163527 Chanticleer and the Fox [12], illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney
1958: Time of Wonder [66] by Robert McCloskey
1957: A Tree Is Nice [67], illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry
1956: Frog Went A-Courtin’ [68], illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff
1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper [69], illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown
1954: Madeline’s Rescue [70] by Ludwig Bemelmans
1953: The Biggest Bear [71] by Lynd Ward
1952: Finders Keepers [72], illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]
1951: The Egg Tree [73] by Katherine Milhous
1950: Song of the Swallows [74] by Leo Politi
1949: The Big Snow [75] by Berta & Elmer Hader
1948: White Snow, Bright Snow [76], illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt
1947: The Little Island [77], illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]
1946: The Rooster Crows [78] by Maud & Miska Petersham
1945: Prayer for a Child [79], illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field
1944: Many Moons [80], illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber
1943: The Little House [81] by Virginia Lee Burton
1942: Make Way for Ducklings [82] by Robert McCloskey
1941: They Were Strong and Good [83], by Robert Lawson
1940: Abraham Lincoln [84] by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
1939: Mei Li [85] by Thomas Handforth
1938: Animals of the Bible [86], A Picture Book , illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish

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