Caldecott Award Winners
The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children," beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is named for Randolph Caldecott, a nineteenth-century English illustrator.
2013 - This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen - A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
2012 - A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka - A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.
2010 - The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney - In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even a small creature is capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.
2008 - The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick - When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
2006 - The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster - A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.
2005 - Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes - When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
Catalog - Kitten's first full moon
2004 - The Man who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein - A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
1996 - Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann - The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Catalog - Officer Buckle and Gloria
1995 - Smoky Night by Eve Bunting - When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
1994 - Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say - A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
1993 - Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully - Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.
1991 - Black and White by David Macaulay - Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.