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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.

Caldecott Award Winners

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2014 - Locomotive by Brian Floca - Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

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.

2011 - A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip. C. Stead - Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

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.

2009 - The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson - Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

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.

2007 - Flotsam by David Wiesner - The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

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.

2003 - My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann - Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

2002 - The Three Pigs by David Wiesner - The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

2001 - So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George - Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

2000 - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback -A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

1999 - Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin - A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

1998 - Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky - A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress.

1997 - Golem by David Wisniewski - A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

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.

Catalog - Grandfather's journey

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.

1992 - Tuesday by David Wiesner - Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

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.

1990 - Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young - Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.