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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.


Winners:

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. 

1938

Author(s): Helen Dean Fish
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale (1937)

King Douda enlists the seven Simeons to help him find a bride.

1937
1938

Author(s): Boris Artzybasheff
Illustrator(s): Boris Artzybasheff

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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.

1939

Author(s): James Daugherty
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)

The classic tale of Snow White.

1939

Author(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): Wanda Gág

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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.

1939

Author(s): Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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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.

This is the limted edition: 525 copies bound in burlap and signed by the author and illustrator.

1939

Author(s): Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Cock-a-Doodle Doo (1939)

In this case it’s a rooster raised by a duck in a familiar story.

1940

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Madeline (1939)

The smallest of the twelve French orphans under the care of Madame Clavel wakes up one night with a tummy ache.

1940

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrator(s): Ludwig Bemelmans

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An American ABC (1941)

Each letter has a large illustration and a patriotic essay.

1942

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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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?

1941

Author(s): Clare Turlay Newberry
Illustrator(s): Clare Turlay Newberry

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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.

1942

Author(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): Wanda Gág

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Paddle-to-the-Sea (1941)

Explore the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway with Paddle.

1942

Author(s): Holling C. Holling
Illustrator(s): Holling C. Holling

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A Child’s Good Night Book (1943)

A first going to bed book.

1944

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Jean Charlot

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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.

1944

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Christmas Anna Angel (1944)

The Christmas Anna Angel makes Christmas cakes for Anna and her brother.

1945

Author(s): Ruth Sawyer
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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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.

1946
1946

Author(s): Golden MacDonald
Illustrator(s): Leonard Weisgard

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My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World (1945)

We don’t love people because they are beautiful. They are beautiful because we love them.

1946

Author(s): Becky Reyher
Illustrator(s): Ruth Chrisman Gannett

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McElligot’s Pool (1947)

You don’t know what you might catch when you go fishing in McElligot’s pool.

1948
1948

Author(s): Dr. Seuss
Illustrator(s): Dr. Seuss

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Song of Robin Hood (1947)

Eighteen of the original ballads of Robin Hood are illustrated here. Most of them also have accompanying music.

1948

Author(s): Grace Castagnetta
Anne Malcolmson
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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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.

1949

Author(s): Robert McCloskey
Illustrator(s): Robert McCloskey

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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.

1950
1950

Author(s): Dr. Seuss
Illustrator(s): Dr. Seuss

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A Child’s Good Night Book (1950)

A first going to bed book. This second edition was in a larger format.

1944

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Jean Charlot

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If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

Gerald McGrew designs a new zoo.

1950
1951

Author(s): Dr. Seuss
Illustrator(s): Dr. Seuss

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All Falling Down (1951)

A child’s-eye view of things that fall down - or don’t.

1952

Author(s): Gene Zion
Illustrator(s): Margaret Bloy Graham

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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.

1952

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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One Morning in Maine (1952)

Sal goes with her father and sister Jane to the general store across the bay in Buck’s Harbor.

1953

Author(s): Robert McCloskey
Illustrator(s): Robert McCloskey

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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.

1953
1954

Author(s): Ruth Sawyer
Illustrator(s): Robert McCloskey

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1953)

A favorite story from Andersen.

1954

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Marcia J. Brown

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The Thanksgiving Story (1954)

A retelling of the story of the Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving.

1955

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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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.

1955

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Tibor Gergely

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Anatole (1956)

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.

1957

Author(s): Eve Titus
Illustrator(s): Paul Galdone

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Gillespie and the Guards (1956)

Gillespie sets out to prove the three sharp-eyed guards are not as sharp as they think.

1957

Author(s): Benjamin Elkin
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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Lion (1956)

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.

1957

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (1961)

The fox stole two of the farmer’s geese to feed his family.

1962

Author(s): Burl Ives
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1972)

A beautifully rendered version of this classic tale.

1973

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (1973)

A close look at how cathedrals were built.

1974

Author(s): David Macaulay
Illustrator(s): David Macaulay

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Three Jovial Huntsmen (1973)

The three jovial huntsmen set out for a day's sport, but nary a beast do they see.

1974

Author(s): Susan Jeffers
Illustrator(s): Susan Jeffers

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Castle (1977)

A detailed account of the construction of a new castle and town on the Welsh marches.

1978

Author(s): David Macaulay
Illustrator(s): David Macaulay

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Little Red Riding Hood (1983)

A girl, a grandmother, a wolf and a woodcutter star in this well-known tale.

1984

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Trina Schart Hyman
Illustrator(s): Trina Schart Hyman

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Hansel and Gretel (1984)

Two children lost in the woods come upon a cottage made of gingerbread.

1985

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Rika Lesser
Illustrator(s): Paul O. Zelinsky

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Mirandy and Brother Wind (1989)

Mirandy hopes to win first prize in the cakewalk by capturing the wind for her partner.

1989

Author(s): Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South (1989)

Blanche is treated poorly by her family, but an act of kindness to a stranger yields its reward.

1990

Author(s): Robert D. San Souci
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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John Henry (1995)

Now John Henry was a steel driving man.

1995

Author(s): Julius Lester
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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A Child’s Calendar (1999)

A poem for every month of the year.

2000

Author(s): John Updike
Illustrator(s): Trina Schart Hyman

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Sector 7 (1999)

A boy on a trip to the Empire State Building gets a tour of Sector 7, where the clouds are made.

2000

Author(s): David Wiesner
Illustrator(s): David Wiesner

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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.

2000

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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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.

2003

Author(s): The Bible
Jerry Pinkney
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Mr. Wuffles (2013)

Invading space aliens join up with the ants behind the baseboard, but Mr. Wuffles, savior of the planet, is on the job.

2014

Author(s): David Wiesner
Illustrator(s): David Wiesner

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