Caldecott Medal Winners

Caldecott Winners Collection

Celebrating Children's Picture Book Illustrators

Explore resources and activities to go with Caldecott Medal winning picture books. The Caldecott celebrates the illustrators who bring cherished characters to life and is awarded yearly by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Written by Javaka Steptoe

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a ground-breaking artist in New York City in the 1980s who challenged the...

1st - 5th

Written by Lindsay Mattick

The beloved bear we call Winnie the Pooh is based on the relationship between a real person and a...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Dan Santat

One day a creature was born in the land of imaginary friends and he patiently waited for a child to...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Brian Floca

This exquisitely illustrated book makes trains come to life in sound and color as it tells the history and evolution of the locomotive industry and how it changed life for Americans.

Pre-K - 5th

Written by Jon Klassen

This cheeky story tells of a small fish who steals a hat from a much larger fish when he is...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Chris Raschka

Daisy is a happy pup who loves her red ball. She takes it everywhere she goes. One day on a walk, a...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Susan Marie Swanson

With imaginative and dreamlike drawings, this book takes a child through the rooms of a house, pointing out familiar items that make a house a home.

Pre-K - Pre-K

Written by David Wiesner

This unique book tells a story only in images. It begins with a young boy who finds a camera washed...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Norton Juster

This story shows the world through the lens of a young girl as she looks through her...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Kevin Henkes

A kitten sees her first full moon and mistakenly takes it for a delectable bowl of milk that she eagerly tries to reach out and taste! This sweet story will enchant young readers.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Mordicai Gerstein

Beautiful and colorful drawings tell the story of the brave and determined aerialist Philippe Petit. The daredevil famously walked the tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

K - 3rd

Written by Eric Rohmann

Mouse’s friend Rabbit is a great friend, but often gets into trouble. Rabbit asks to play with Mouse’s toy airplane, and soon needs to get creative to save the toy plane from disaster.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by David Wiesner

This book is a creative deviation from the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Instead of being beaten...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Judith St. George

In amusing and caricature-like illustrations, this book sketches the perks and annoyances of being...

2nd - 5th

Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

This is the story of snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley’s childhood. He was a self-sufficient...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Paul O. Zelinsky

The beloved story of the beautiful princess with long golden locks kept high in a tower until she meets her love is retold with colorful and striking illustration.

K - 3rd

Written by David Wisniewski

This retelling of the traditional Jewish story of the supernatural Golem uses striking cut-out illustrations to tell a cautionary tale about the price of endless power.

5th - 7th

Written by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle’s very useful safety tips fall on deaf ears every time he shares them with the...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Eve Bunting

This book describes in an eloquent and matter-of-fact manner what was happening during the 1992 Los...

1st - 4th

Written by Emily Arnold McCully

Using elegant watercolors, this book tells the story of Mirette and Gateau. Mirette is a young girl...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by David Macaulay

This playful collection of four seemingly separate stories, all told simultaneously, will keep the...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Karen Ackerman

This sweet story depicts a grandfather as he reminisces with his grandchildren about his youth as a...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Arthur Yorinks

Janitor Al and his dog pal Eddie lived in a crammed apartment in the Upper East Side of Manhattan....

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Margaret Hodges

The intricate designs that illustrate the mystical world of the Red Cross Knight and Princess Una...

1st - 4th

Written by Alice and Martin Provensen

This charmingly illustrated book tells the story of Louis Bleriot as he plans and embarks on the historic first ever flight across the English Channel.

K - 3rd

Written by Blaise Cendrars and Marcia Brown

This eerie tale based in African folklore tells of the Shadow, a mystical creature that is present in both ancient and present lore. Stark and powerful illustrations bring this story to life.

K - 3rd

Written by Arnold Lobel

This charming and silly collection of fables created by Arnold Lobel will tickle young readers and their parents alike.

1st - 4th

Written by Donald Hall

This is a tale of a self-reliant farmer and his family who depend on the goods they grow and the animals they raise to live contently throughout the seasons of New England.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Paul Goble

This is the story of a Native-American girl who shares a special bond with horses and seems to...

K - 3rd

Written by Peter Spier

This delightful book tells the Biblical story of Noah’s ark in a poem comprised of concise three-syllable lines.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Margaret Musgrove

This book takes readers through the alphabet of African cultures, depicting peoples from various parts of Africa using bold and exquisitely executed illustrations and short descriptions.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Gerald McDermott

In this Pueblo tale, the son of the Sun lord wants to find his father. He finds him with the help...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Harve Zemach

Duffy and the Devil, a cheeky Cornish play, is Rumpelstiltskin with a twist! Duffy tricks her way...

K - 4th

Written by Arlene Mosel

A happy, funny woman liked to make rice dumplings. One day, one of her dumpling rolled off the...

Pre-K - K

Written by Nonny Hogrogian

One fine day, a fox wandered through the woods and got very thirsty. He hastily drank a woman’s...

K - 3rd

Written by Gail E. Haley

A Story, A Story is a colorfully illustrated re-telling of an Afro-Caribbean spider story and an...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Arthur Ransome

Based on a Russian folktale, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship tells the story of a peasant's quest to marry the Czar's daughter and the unusual characters he meets along the way.

K - 3rd

Written by Barbara Emberley

This bold and brightly colored book describes in a rhythmic cumulative poem how a group of soldiers ready for battle and prepare a cannon that Drummer Hoff will ‘fire off!’

1st - 4th

Written by Evaline Ness

Sam, the daughter of a fisherman, much prefers made-up tales and fibs, or “moonshine,” rather...

2nd - 7th

Written by Sorche Nic Leodhas

Lachie MacLachlan, who lives in a farmhouse with his family of 12, welcomes all tired travelers...

Pre-K - 1st

Written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

This brightly illustrated tale tells the story of a young boy who often is invited to visit the...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Marcia Brown

This fable begins when a mouse is rescued by a generous hermit after nearly being eaten. Luckily...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Ruth Robbins

Baboushka is an old woman who lives a simple life in Russia. One cold winter night, three lavishly...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

In this delightful Mexican story of Christmas, readers will follow Ceci as she awaits her Mexican...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Verna Aardema

A West African story about how the mosquito became a pest. It started when he told a lie to an...

K - 3rd

Written by David Wiesner

Told almost entirely in pictures, this book chronicles the path frogs take as they fly on their...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Philip Stead

Every day, Amos McGee takes the number 5 bus to get to his job at the zoo. He enjoys visiting his...

Pre-K - 1st

Written by Ed Young

The Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, with some key differences. Instead of one child,...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Simms Taback

Based on a Yiddish song, the story is about Joseph who has a striped overcoat. Over time, the coat...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

When Judy and Peter Shepherd bring home a game called Jumanji from the park they find out it’s a...

1st - 5th

Written by Brian Selznick

Hugo, an orphan, thief, and clock keeper, lives alone in the walls of a Paris train station. When...

4th - 8th

Written by Jerry Pinkney

The story of the lion and mouse, one of Aesop’s fables, and the relationship they forge when the...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Jane Yolen

Going owling is an exercise in patience and endurance, but the payoff can be enormous. The young...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by William Steig

Sylvester is thrilled to find a pebble that grants him his every wish. The possibilities are...

1st - 5th

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

The classic story of a boy who travels by train to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus and receive...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Maurice Sendak

Max is a "wild thing," and after a fight with his mother, he leaves home and travels a long...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Minfong Ho

A mother tries to help her baby sleep on a noisy night in Thailand.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by John Rocco

What would you do if it snowed for two whole days and you woke up to snow piled up past your front...

Pre-K - K