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Caldecott Winners

Books that have won the Caldecott Medal

TitlePlot summarybook yearAuthor or illustrator
The Snowy Day A boy goes out in the snow 1963 Ezra Jack Keats
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Philippe Petit's tight rope walk between Manhattan's World Trade Center towers in 1974.blank) 2004 Mordicai Gerstein
My Friend Rabbit Rabbit and Mouse are friends. When Rabbit launches his toy airplane (with Mouse in the pilot seat at takeoff) and it gets stuck in a tree, he convinces his friend that he will come up with a plan to get it down. 2003 Eric Rohmann
The Three Pigs three pigs collecting materials to build houses but the wolf"s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. 2002 David Wiesner
So You Want to Be President? Presidents have come in every variety. 2001 David Small text J. ST George
Joseph Had a Little Overco Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes--just like this book! 2000 Simms Taback
Snowflake Bentley (blank) 1999 Mary Azarian text J Martin
Rapunzel Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroi 1998 Paul Zelinsky
Golem Rabbi Loew used his powers to create a Golem from clay in order to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos of 16th-century Prague. 1997 David Wisniewski
Officer Buckle and Gloria Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's h 1996 Peggy Rathmann
Smoky Night This is a story about cats -- and people -- who couldn't get along until a smoky and fearful night brings them together. During a night of rioting in Los Angeles, fires and looting force neighbors--who have always avoided one another--to come together. 1995 David Diaz text E Bunting
Grandfather's Journey stories of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say tells a family's unique cross-cultural experience. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once. 1994 Allen Say edit Walter Lorraine
Mirette on the High Wire Mirette and the "Great Bellini" traverse the Paris skyline on high wire in the climactic scene of this picture book about conquering fear. 1993 Emily McCully
Tuesday Slowly and quietly on this particular Tuesday, a few fat frogs begin hovering over a swamp, riding lily pads like magic carpets 1992 David Wiesner
Black and White "This book appears to contain a number of stories that do not necessarily occur at the same time." Then you get hints. It might contain more than one story, or it might be four stories, or then again, four parts of one story. "Careful inspection of both w 1991 David Macaulay
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China three daughters left at home when their mother goes to visit their grandmother. Lon Po Po, the Granny Wolf, pretends to be the girls' grandmother, until clever Shang, the eldest daughter, suspects the greedy wolf's real identity. 1990 Ed Young
Song and Dance Man Once a song and dance man, Grandpa reclaims his youth and profession before the delighted eyes of his three grandchildren one afternoon. 1989 Stephen Gammell text K. Ackerman
Owl Moon A girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. 1988 John Schoenherr text J, Yolen
Hey, Al Al, a janitor who lives in a dingy apartment with his dog. One day, a funny-looking bird sticks its huge head through window and proposes a journey to a terrific place of "no worries" and "no cares 1987 Richard Edielski text A. Yorinks
The Polar Express A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. 1986 Chris Van Allsburg
Saint George and the Dra George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land 1985 Trina Hyman text M. Hodges
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel. He crashed lots of times before making it. 1984 Alic & Martin Provensen
Shadow Marcia Brown's stunning illustrations in collage, inspired by her travels in Africa, evoke the atmosphere and drama of a life now haunted, now enchanted by Shadow. 1983 Marcia Brown text B. Cendrars
Jumanji Judy and Peter find a board game in the park, they take it home, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. Their jungle adventure game has come to life! 1982 Chris Van Allsburg
Fables ‘Short, original fables with fresh, unexpected morals poke subtle fun at human foibles through the antics of animals 1981 Arnold Lobel
Ox-Cart Man Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons 1980 Barbara Cooney text D. Hall
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. 1979 Paul Goble
Noah's Ark the biblical rainy-day tale with practically no text 1978 Peter Spier
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z 1977 Leo & Diane Dillon text M. Musgrove
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit 1976 Leo & Diane Dillon text V. Aardema
Arrow to the Sun Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men. 1975 Gerald McDermott
Duffy and the Devil 'The devil can make Squire Lovel's stockings for all I care!' cries Duffy the servant girl in this comical Cornish version of Rumpelstiltskin--and that of course is just what he does 1974 Margot Zemach text H. Zemach
The Funny Little Woman While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan 1973 Blair Lent text A. Mosel
One Fine Day One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty." The red fox stole milk from a farm woman, lost his tail under the woman's knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. 1972 Nonny Hogrogian
A Story A Story Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them -- 1971 Gail Haley
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. 1970 Willaim Steig
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship simple third son who, through the magical powers of the Listener, Swift-goer, Drinker, and others, performs the tasks set by the Czar and wins the princess. 1969 Uri Shulevitz text A. Ransome
Drummer Hoff A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off 1968 Ed Emberley text B. Emberley
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine Sam is a fisherman’s daughter who dreams lovely dreams--moonshine, her father says. But when her stories bring disaster to her friend Thomas and cat Bangs, Sam learns to distinguish between moonshine and reality. 1967 Evaline Ness
Always Room for One More (The welcoming chap invites all passersby into his home, until the wee house literally explodes with his goodwill. Luckily, the grateful visitors devise a plan to help Lachie and his family (and themselves as well). 1966 Nonny Hogrogian ext S. Leodhas
May I Bring a Friend King & Queen invite a boy as their guest for tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, apple pie, and Halloween, and each time he asks if he can bring a friend, waits for their assent, then brings a hippo, monkeys, an elephant, . . . 1965 Beni Montresor text B. Schenk de Regniers
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