The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year for the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture book for children. Runners-up are called Caldecott Honor Books.
The award was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.
The Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal are the most prestigious of American children’s book awards.
Learn more: official Caldecott Medal homepage
Selections from the Bible with illustrations of the animals described.
They Were Strong and Good (1940)
Robert Lawson tells the story of his parents and grandparents, and illustrates it too.
Make Way for Ducklings (1941)
Mrs. Mallard proudly parades her ducklings to the Boston Public Garden.
The Little House (1942)
The Little House gets a new lease on life when she moves to the country.
Many Moons (1943)
When the Princess Lenore falls ill of a surfeit of raspberry tarts, the only thing that can cure her is the Moon. But how will her father the King get it for her?
A collection of songs and jingles.
The Little Island (1946)
The little island through the seasons, and a visit from a little cat.
The Big Snow (1948)
The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way. The authors feature in this winter story.
The Biggest Bear (1952)
When Johnny Orchard goes hunting for a bear he comes home with a cub, but that’s not the end of the story.
Madeline’s Rescue (1953)
Madeline falls in the Seine and is rescued by Miss Genevieve, a dog.
Frog Went A-Courtin’ (1955)
Frog went a-courtin’, he did ride
Sword and pistol by his side.
Time of Wonder (1957)
Two young girls spend the summer on an island in Maine.
Noah’s Ark (1977)
Peter Spier tells the story in pictures of Noah, the Ark and the Flood.
Black and White (1990)
A surrealist exercise with four simultaneous, possibly interconnected stories going on. Too clever by half? or The (Caldecott) Emperor’s New Clothes?
It’s Tuesday and the frogs on their lily pads are out in force.
The Three Pigs (2001)
The three little pigs decide not to play by the rules, but the results are much the same.
The Melville underwater camera holds a trove of unexpected pictures.