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Caldecott Honor Book

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.

1938

Author: Helen Dean Fish
Illustrator: Robert Lawson

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Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale (1937)

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

1938 1937

Author: Boris Artzybasheff
Illustrator: 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: James Daugherty
Illustrator: James Daugherty

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)

The classic tale of Snow White.

1939

Author: Wanda Gág
Illustrator: 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: Munro Leaf
Illustrator: Robert Lawson

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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: Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans

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An American ABC (1941)

Each letter has a large illustration and a patriotic essay.

1942

Author: Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator: 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: Clare Turlay Newberry
Illustrator: Clare Turlay Newberry

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Paddle-to-the-Sea (1941)

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

1942

Author: Holling C. Holling
Illustrator: Holling C. Holling

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A Child’s Good Night Book (1943)

A first going to bed book.

1944

Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Jean Charlot

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The Christmas Anna Angel (1944)

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

1945

Author: Ruth Sawyer
Illustrator: 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: Golden MacDonald
Illustrator: 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: Becky Reyher
Illustrator: 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: Dr. Seuss
Illustrator: 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: Grace Castagnetta
Anne Malcolmson
Illustrator: 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: Robert McCloskey
Illustrator: 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: Dr. Seuss
Illustrator: 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: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Jean Charlot

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If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

Gerald McGrew designs a new zoo.

1951 1950

Author: Dr. Seuss
Illustrator: 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: Gene Zion
Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham

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