Caldecott Medal Winners

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

2021 We Are Water Protectors. Illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. JE Lindstrom
2020 The Undefeated. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander. J Illus . Alexander
2019 Hello Lighthouse. Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. JE Blackall
2018 Wolf in the Snow. Written and illustrated by Mathew Cordell. JE Cordell
2017 Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. J709.2 Basquiat
2016 Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. J823 MA
2015 The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Written and illustrated by Dan Santat. JE Santat
2014 Locomotive. Written and illustrated by Brian Floca. J385 FL
2013 This Is Not My Hat. Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. JE Klassen
2012 A Ball for Daisy. Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. JE Raschka
2011 A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead, and written by Philip C. Stead. JE Stead
2010 The Lion & the Mouse. Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. JE Aesop
2009 The House in the Night. Illustrated by Beth Krommes; written by Susan Marie Swanson. JE Swanson
2008 The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Y Selznick
2007 Flotsam. Written and illustrated by David Wiesner. JE Wiesner
2006 The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster. JE Juster
2005 Kitten's First Full Moon. Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. JE Henkes
2004 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Written and Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. JE791.3 GE
2003 My Friend Rabbit. Written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. JE Rohmann
2002 The Three Pigs. Written and illustrated by David Wiesner. JE Wiesner
2001 So You Want to Be President. Illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George. J353.03 ST
2000 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Written and illustrated by Simms Taback. JE Taback
1999 Snowflake Bentley. Illustrated by Mary Azarian, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. J921 Bentley
1998 Rapunzel. Retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. J398.2 EU Grimm Rapunzel
1997 Golem. Retold and illustrated by David Wisniewski. J398.2 EU Golem
1996 Officer Buckle and Gloria. Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann. JE Rathmann
1995 Smoky Night. Illustrated by David Diaz, written by Eve Bunting. JE Bunting
1994 Grandfather's Journey. Written and illlustrated by Allen Say. JE Say
1993 Mirette on the High Wire. Written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. JE McCully
1992 Tuesday. Written and illustrated by David Wiesner. JE Wiesner
1991 Black and White. Written and illustrated by David Macauley. JE Macauley
1990 Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. Translated and illustrated by Ed Young. J398.2 AS Red
1989 Song and Dance Man. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell, written by Karen Ackerman. JE Ackerman
1988 Owl Moon. Illustrated by John Schoenherr, written by Jane Yolen. JE Yolen
1987 Hey, Al. Illustrated by Richard Egielski, written by Arthur Yorinks. JE Yorinks
1986 The Polar Express. Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Christmas JE Van Allsburg
1985 Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, retold by Margaret Hodges. J398.2 EU George
1984 The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot, July 25, 1909. Written and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. JE629.13 PR
1983 Shadow. Translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown, written by Blaise Cendrars. JE Cendrars
1982 Jumanji. Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. J Illus Van Allsburg
1981 Fables. Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. JE Lobel
1980 Ox-Cart Man. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney, written by Donald Hall. JE Hall
1979 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Written and illustrated by Paul Goble. JE Goble
1978 Noah's Ark. Illustrated by Peter Spier. JE Spier
1977 Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Margaret Musgrove. JE960 MU
1976 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, retold by Verna Aardema. J398.2 AF Aardema
1975 Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale. Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott. J398.2 NA McDermott
1974 Duffy and the Devil. Illustrated by Margot Zemach, retold by Harve Zemach. J398.2 EU Zemach
1973 The Funny Little Woman. Illustrated by Blair Lent, retold by Arlene Mosel. JE Mosel
1972 One Fine Day. Written and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. JE Hogrogian
1971 A Story, a Story: An African Tale. Written and illustrated by Gail E. Haley. J398.2 AF Haley
1970 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Written and illustrated by William Steig. JE Steig
1969 The Fool Of The World And The Flying Ship. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, retold by Arthur Ransome. J398.2 EU Fool
1968 Drummer Hoff. Illustrated by Ed Emberley, adapted by Barbara Emberley. JE Drummer
1967 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine. Written and illustrated by Evaline Ness. JE Ness
1966 Always Room for One More. Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, written by Sorche Nic Leodhas. JE Leodhas
1965 May I Bring a Friend?. Illustrated by Beni Montresor, written by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers JE De Regniers
1964 Where the Wild Things Are. Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. JE Sendak
1963 The Snowy Day. Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. JE Keats
1962 Once a Mouse-- A Fable Cut in Wood. Written and illustrated by Marcia Brown. JE Brown
1961 Baboushka and the Three Kings. Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov, written by Ruth Robbins. JE Robbins
1960 Nine Days to Christmas. Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets, written by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida. JE Ets
1959 Chanticleer and the Fox. Adapted and illustrated by Barbar Cooney, written by Geoffrey Chaucer. JE Cooney
1958 Time of Wonder. Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. JE McCloskey
1957 A Tree Is Nice. Illustrated by Marc Simont, written by Janice Udry. JE Udry
1956 A Frog Went A-Courtin. Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, retold by John Langstaff. JE Langstaff
1955 Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper. Retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown. J398.2 EU Cinderella
1954 Madeline's Rescue. Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans. JE Bemelmans
1953 The Biggest Bear. Written and illustrated by Lynd Ward. JE Ward
1952 Finders Keepers. Written and illustrated by Will and Nicolas. JE Will
1951 The Egg Tree. Written and illustrated by Katherine Milhous. JE Milhous
1950 Song of the Swallows. Written and illustrated by Leo Politi. JE Politi
1949 The Big Snow. Written and illustrated by Berta and Elmer Hader. JE Hader
1948 White Snow, Bright Snow. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, written by Alvin R. Tresselt. JE Tresselt
1947 The Little Island. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, written by Golden MacDonald (Margaret Wise Brown). JE Brown
1946 The Rooster Crows; A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles. Written and illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham. JE Petersham
1945 Prayer for a Child. Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones, written by Rachel Field. JE Field
1944 Many Moons. Illustrated by Louis Sloboken, written by James Thurber. JE Thurber
1943 The Little House. Written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. JE Burton
1942 Make Way for Ducklings. Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. JE McCloskey
1941 They Were Strong and Good. Written and illustrated by Robert Lawson. J920 LA
1940 Abraham Lincoln. Written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. J921 Lincoln
1939 Mei Li. Written and illustrated by Thomas Handforth. JE Handforth
1938 Animals of the Bible. Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop. J220 BI


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