Caldecott Honor Book
The Caldecott Honor Books are runners-up to the Caldecott Medal, is awarded for the previous year’s most distinguished American picture book for children.
The award was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.
Learn more: official Caldecott Medal and Honor homepage.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1937)
This is a compilation of longer traditional nonsense verse such as The Robber Kitten and Frog Went A-Courting. Many are quite violent.
King Douda enlists the seven Simeons to help him find a bride.
Andy and the Lion (1938)
A little boy named Andy was interested in lions. On his way to school, he met a real lion with a thorn stuck in its paw.
The classic tale of Snow White.
Wee Gillis (1938)
This is the story of how Wee Gillis decides whether to live in the Scottish lowlands like his mother’s family or in the highlands like his father’s people. This is the second book by the author and illustrator of Ferdinand.
Wee Gillis (1938)
This is the story of how Wee Gillis decides whether to live in the Scottish lowlands like his mother’s family, or in the highlands like his father’s people. This is the second book by the author and illustrator of Ferdinand.
Cock-a-Doodle Doo (1939)
In this case it’s a rooster raised by a duck in a familiar story.
The smallest of the twelve French orphans under the care of Madame Clavel wakes up one night with a tummy ache.
An American ABC (1941)
Each letter has a large illustration and a patriotic essay.
April’s Kittens (1941)
April’s cat Sheba has three kittens. But her father insists that theirs is strickly a one-cat household. April must give up three cats, but which ones?
Nothing At All (1941)
When his two visible brothers are chosen as pets by a two children, their invisible brother realizes he must get to work and make himself visible so he too can become a pet.
Explore the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway with Paddle.
A Child’s Good Night Book (1943)
A first going to bed book.
The Mighty Hunter (1943)
The mighty hunter skips school to go hunting, but an encounter with a bear makes him decide that he should work on his education.
The Christmas Anna Angel (1944)
The Christmas Anna Angel makes Christmas cakes for Anna and her brother.
Little Lost Lamb (1945)
The little black lamb wanders off from the flock, but the shepherd and his dog go back up the mountain to find him.
We don’t love people because they are beautiful. They are beautiful because we love them.
McElligot’s Pool (1947)
You don’t know what you might catch when you go fishing in McElligot’s pool.
Song of Robin Hood (1947)
Eighteen of the original ballads of Robin Hood are illustrated here. Most of them also have accompanying music.
Blueberries for Sal (1948)
The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949)
King Derwin of Didd summons his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. He gets a royal mess.
A Child’s Good Night Book (1950)
A first going to bed book. This second edition was in a larger format.
If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
Gerald McGrew designs a new zoo.
All Falling Down (1951)
A child’s-eye view of things that fall down - or don’t.
Bear Party (1951)
In this first book William Pene du Bois introduces the bears of Koala Park who decide to reconcile their differences by having a grand costume ball.
One Morning in Maine (1952)
Sal goes with her father and sister Jane to the general store across the bay in Buck’s Harbor.
Journey Cake, Ho! (1953)
When hard times come, Johnny sets out to seek his fortune with the journey cake in his knapsack. When the journey cake escapes it leads him on a merry chase, picking up animals as it goes until Johnny finds himself home again.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1953)
A favorite story from Andersen.
The Thanksgiving Story (1954)
A retelling of the story of the Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving.
Wheel on the Chimney (1954)
The story of a family of storks as they migrate from Africa to Hungary to raise their brood, then return in the fall.
Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftover food, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family—but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper.
Gillespie and the Guards (1956)
Gillespie sets out to prove the three sharp-eyed guards are not as sharp as they think.
Artist Foreman at the Animal Factory has an idea for a new animal. It’s name is ‘Lion.’ Now he has to find out what Lion looks like and what he says.
The fox stole two of the farmer’s geese to feed his family.
A beautifully rendered version of this classic tale.
A close look at how cathedrals were built.
Three Jovial Huntsmen (1973)
The three jovial huntsmen set out for a day's sport, but nary a beast do they see.
A detailed account of the construction of a new castle and town on the Welsh marches.
Little Red Riding Hood (1983)
A girl, a grandmother, a wolf and a woodcutter star in this well-known tale.
Hansel and Gretel (1984)
Two children lost in the woods come upon a cottage made of gingerbread.
Mirandy and Brother Wind (1989)
Mirandy hopes to win first prize in the cakewalk by capturing the wind for her partner.
Blanche is treated poorly by her family, but an act of kindness to a stranger yields its reward.
John Henry (1995)
Now John Henry was a steel driving man.
A Child’s Calendar (1999)
A poem for every month of the year.
Sector 7 (1999)
A boy on a trip to the Empire State Building gets a tour of Sector 7, where the clouds are made.
The Ugly Duckling (1999)
When one of the ducklings doesn’t match the rest of the hatchlings, he is shunned by the farmyard animals, until he discovers he belongs to a different family altogether.
Noah’s Ark (2002)
Forty days and forty nights it rained on the earth while Noah and his family and the animals in the ark floated on the waters.