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A good book can serve as an inspiration. Below are Caldecott Award Winners. Click on the Amazon Reviews for more feedback.
The following is taken from “The Association for the Library Service to Children.” What better resource to select great books for childen!
The Caldecott Medal “shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award shall go to the artist, who must be a citizen or resident of the United States, whether or not he be the author of the text.”
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2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (4.9 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship.
“Santat makes the unimaginable, imaginable,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Junko Yokota.
2014: Locomotive (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews) / #1 Best Seller Children’s American History of the 1800s)
Locomotive lllustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.
“The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.
2013: This Is Not My Hat (4.3 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.
2012: A Ball for Daisy (4.3 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner is A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka, published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed. With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.
“Chris Raschka’s deceptively simple paintings of watercolor, gouache and ink explore universal themes of love and loss that permit thousands of possible variants,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Steven L. Herb. ‘A Ball for Daisy’ holds as many unique stories as there will be young readers and re-readers.
2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (4.9 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee , illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead. A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing.
In this tender tale of reciprocity and friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and receives a surprise visit from his caring animal friends. Erin Stead’s delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work complement Philip Stead’s understated, spare and humorous text to create a well-paced, gentle and satisfying book, perfect for sharing with friends.
“Endearing, expressive characterization in spare illustrations rendered in muted tones distinguish this timeless picture book. It’s a great day for Amos McGee!” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Judy Zuckerman.
2010: The Lion & the Mouse (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2010 Caldecott Medal winner is The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers)
The screech of an owl, the squeak of a mouse and the roar of a lion transport readers to the Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. In glowing colors, Pinkney’s textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends.
2009: The House in the Night (4.2 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2009 Caldecott Medal winner is The House in the Night , illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Richly detailed black-and-white scratchboard illustrations expand this timeless bedtime verse, offering reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Krommes’ elegant line, illuminated with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home and family, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world.
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews / #1 Best Seller in Children’s European Fiction)
The 2008 Caldecott Medal winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.
2007: Flotsam (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2007 Caldecott Medal winner is Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion)
Flotsam is a cinematic unfolding of discovery. A vintage camera washed up on the beach provides a young boy with a surprising view of fantastical images from the bottom of the sea. From fish-eye to lens-eye, readers see a frame-by-frame narrative of lush marinescapes ebbing and flowing from the real to the surreal.
“Telling tales through imagery is what storytellers have done through the ages. Wiesner’s wordless tale resonates with visual images that tell his story with clever wit and lively humor,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Janice Del Negro.
2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window (4.2 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2006 Caldecott Medal winner is The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)
In this sunny portrait of familial love, a little girl tells us about her everyday experiences visiting her grandparents’ house. Raschka’s style resembles the spontaneous drawings of children, perfectly mirroring the guileless young narrator’s exuberant voice. White space balances the density of the layered colors, creating a visual experience that is surprisingly sophisticated.
With a few energetic lines, Raschka suggests a world filled with affection and humor,” said Award Committee Chair Gratia Banta. “The richly textured tones of these expressive illustrations convey the emotional warmth of the intergenerational connection.”
2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2005 Caldecott Medal winner is Kitten’s First Full Moon illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers).
Henkes employs boldly outlined organic shapes and shades of black, white and gray with rose undertones on creamy paper to tell a simple story of a kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The moon, the flowers, the fireflies’ lights and the kitten’s eyes create a comforting circle motif. The gouache and colored pencil illustrations project a varied page design that rhythmically paces the spare text.
“Thoughtful design, from the front jacket with reflective silver letters to the final image, sustains a completely satisfying read-aloud experience,” said Caldecott Award Chair Betsy Hearne. “Kitten’s frustration and eventual triumph–emotions familiar to young children–find artistic expression in a meticulously crafted book with classic appeal.”
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2004 Caldecott Medal winner is The Man Who Walked Between the Towers illustrated and written by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
This true story recounts the daring feat of a spirited young Frenchman who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center twin towers in 1974. His joy in dancing on a thin wire high above Manhattan and the awe of the spectators in the streets far below is captured in exquisite ink and oil paintings that perfectly complement the spare, lyrical text.
“Gerstein’s skillful compositions and dramatic use of perspective make this a book that literally takes your breath away,” said Caldecott Award Chair Kathy East. “Two ingenious gatefolds and horizontal and vertical framing put the reader high in the air with this daredevil performer and emphasize the vast space between the towers and their astounding height. Gerstein ensures that this extraordinary event is imprinted on readers’ minds and creates a powerful, transforming memory.”
2003: My Friend Rabbit (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2003 Caldecott Medal winner is My Friend Rabbit illustrated and written by Eric Rohmann. (Roaring Brook Press/ Millbrook Press)
In the book, Mouse shares his brand-new toy airplane with his friend Rabbit, and no one can predict the disastrous—but hilarious—results. When the airplane lands in a tree, the chaos only builds as Rabbit drags, pushes and carries the whole neighborhood, including Elephant, Hippo, and Crocodile, to the rescue. It’s a lighthearted celebration of a friendship that will last – even if whatever Rabbit does and wherever he goes, trouble follows.
“Eric Rohmann’s hand-colored relief prints express a vibrant energy through solid black outlines, lightly textured backgrounds and a robust use of color,” said Pat Scales, chair of the 2003 Caldecott Award committee. “The black frame cannot contain Rabbit’s enthusiasm in this dramatic visual romp, as the characters tumble and spill from the page and back on again. The artist shows his respect for his audience and keen understanding of picture book design. Whatever they do and wherever they go, children will claim Rabbit as their friend.
2002: The Three Pigs (4.0 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2002 Caldecott Medal winner is The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin).
The plot and form of a familiar folktale unravel as the pigs are huffed and puffed off the page and into a new world. The trio cavorts through scenes from nursery rhyme to fairy tale, liberating other characters on the fly. Wiesner uses a range of artistic styles and thrilling perspectives to play with the structure and conventions of traditional storytelling, redefining the picture book.
“Pigs burst through the pages’ boundaries and soar into new dimensions. Transformations occur as the pigs boldly enter new stories, make friends, and ultimately control their own fate. Witty dialogue and physical humor make this a selection that will have youngsters squealing with delight. Through Wiesner’s vision and artistic virtuosity, The Three Pigs celebrates possibility,” said Kate McClelland, chair of the 2002 Caldecott Award Selection Committee.
2001: So You Want to Be President? (4.1 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2001 Caldecott Medal winner is So You Want to be President?illustrated by David Small. Text: Judith St. George (Philomel)
In illustrations rendered in a harmonious mix of watercolor, ink, and pastel chalk, David Small employs wiry and expansive lines with an echo of political cartooning investing this personable history of the presidency with imaginative detail, wry humor, and refreshing dignity.
“Small’s illustrations liberate the presidents from years of bulletin-board duty. He humanizes these oh-so-familiar icons with art that captures the spirit of the individual and collectively provides a genuinely enlightening overview of this unique American institution,” said Connie Rockman, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee.
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 2000 Caldecott Medal winner is Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking).
“Joseph Had a Little Overcoat,” is the story of a resourceful and resilient tailor who transforms his worn-out overcoat into smaller and smaller garments. The book is illustrated in watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and collage.
“Vibrant rich colors, playful details, and skillfully-placed die cuts contribute to the book’s raucous merriment that takes this Yiddish folk song far beyond the simple words,” said Barbara Z. Kiefer, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. “The patchwork layout of the pages, the two-dimensional paintings and the exaggerated perspectives, reminiscent of the folk art tradition, are the very fabric that turn this overcoat into a story.”
1999: Snowflake Bentley (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews / #1 Best Seller in Children’s Heavy Machinery Books)
The 1999 Caldecott Medal winner is Snowflake Bentley, illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton Mifflin).
“Snowflake Bentley,” winner of the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book, was published by Houghton Mifflin Company. The book takes children back to the days when farmers worked with ox and sled and cut the dark with lantern light. It introduces Wilson Bentley, a boy who loved snow more than anything in the world and is determined that one day his camera would capture the extraordinary and unique beauty of snowflakes.
Committee Chair Barbara Barstow said, “‘Snowflake Bentley’ has a beautiful and thoughtful design, a poetic and informative text, distinguished illustrations, universal appeal and resonance. Mary Azarian, a Vermont artist who loves snow as much as Wilson Bentley, has created strong and skillfully carved woodcuts that portray sensible, sturdy characters and a timeless rural landscape.”
1998: Rapunzel (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 1998 Caldecott Medal winner is Rapunzel, retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton).
Zelinsky retells the story based on the familiar Grimm’s folktale as well as earlier French and Italian sources.
In describing Zelinsky’s work, 1998 Caldecott Committee chair John Stewig said, “Richly detailed oil paintings convey dramatic emotions and feature distinctive architecture, lush landscapes and authentic costuming of Renaissance Italy. Classically beautiful illustrations portray this complex love story which can be appreciated on many levels and by all ages.”
1997: Golem (4.2 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 1997 Caldecott Medal winner is Golem, written and illustrated by David Wisniewski (Clarion Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin).
From the shimmeringly powerful hand of God to the life-giving hands of the rabbi and on through the murderously destructive hands of the Golem, the universal themes of power and redemption are reflected. Created to protect Jews in 16th-century Prague, this soulless clay giant comes to find that life is precious. Intricate paper-cuts provide breathless detail to each double-page spread.
“Wisniewski’s powerful visual interpretation of this emotionally compelling tale is rendered in a medium that reflects the duality of creation and destruction–coming together only to come apart. The power and fragility of Wisniewski’s medium arereflected in the power and mortality of the rabbi’s Golem.” –1997 Caldecott Committee Chair Linda Ward Callaghan
1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 1996 Caldecott Medal winner is Officer Buckle and Gloria, written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann (G. P. Putnam’s Sons).
“Peggy Rathmann knows what appeals to a child audience in her talk of the lively antics of police dog Gloria and the earnest Safety Officer Buckle,” said Julie Cummins, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. “Rathmann integrates picture, text, and total design into a united whole. Gloria’s irreverent acrobatics behind Buckle’s back contrast with the officer’s straight-laced safety tips to school audiences. The original, lively, and energetic art leads the readers through a story of cooperation and friendship. The cartoon-style watercolor and ink illustrations employ brilliant colors that, combined with a creative use of white space, engage the reader in the humor and warmth of this stellar performance.”
1995: Smoky Night (3.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 1995 Caldecott Medal winner was Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, text by Eve Bunting (Harcourt).
Inspired by the Los Angeles riots, Smoky Night relates the happenings of a night of urban rioting from a child’s perspective. With thickly textured, expressionistic acrylic paintings set against mixed-media collages, Diaz creates dramatic, groundbreaking illustrations of the night’s events. Both language and illustration convey the universal importanc of human interaction through the personal story of one little boy and his cat.
1994: Grandfather’s Journey (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
The 1994 Caldecott Medal winner was Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say (Houghton).
Grandfather’s Journey eloquently portrays a Japanese immigrant’s travels to a new land. Exquisite watercolors portray vast landscapes along with intimate family portraits that communicate hope, dignity, sadness, and love. Say powerfully connects the personal and the universal to create a rare harmony of longing and belonging.
1993: Mirette on the High Wire (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1993 Caldecott Medal Winner: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully (Putnam)
1992: Tuesday (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1992 Caldecott Medal Winner: Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
1991: Black and White (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1991 Caldecott Medal Winner: Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton).
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1990 Caldecott Medal Winner: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel).
1989: Song and Dance Man (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1989 Caldecott Medal Winner: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman (Knopf).
1988: Owl Moon (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1988 Caldecott Medal Winner: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen (Philomel).
1987: Hey, Al (3.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1987 Caldecott Medal Winner: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks (Farrar).
1986: The Polar Express (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1986 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton).
1985: Saint George and the Dragon (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
Saint George and the Dragon
1985 Caldecott Medal Winner: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges (Little, Brown).
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (4.0 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1984 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen (Viking).
1983: Shadow (3.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1983 Caldecott Medal Winner: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars (Scribner).
1982: Jumanji (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1982 Caldecott Medal Winner: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton).
1981: Fables (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1981 Caldecott Medal Winner: Fables by Arnold Lobel (Harper).
1980: Ox-Cart Man (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1980 Caldecott Medal Winner: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall (Viking).
1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1979 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (Bradbury).
1978: Noah’s Ark (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1978 Caldecott Medal Winner: Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier (Doubleday).
1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1977 Caldecott Medal Winner: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove (Dial).
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1976 Caldecott Medal Winner: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial).
1975: Arrow to the Sun (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1975 Caldecott Medal Winner: Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale by Gerald McDermott (Viking).
1974: Duffy and the Devil (3.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1974 Caldecott Medal Winner: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach (Farrar).
1973: The Funny Little Woman (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1973 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel (Dutton).
1972: One Fine Day (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1972 Caldecott Medal Winner: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Macmillan).
1971: A Story A Story (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1971 Caldecott Medal Winner: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley (Atheneum).
1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1970 Caldecott Medal Winner: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (Windmill Books).
1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1969 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome (Farrar)
1968: Drummer Hoff (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1968 Caldecott Medal Winner: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall).
1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1967 Caldecott Medal Winner: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (Holt).
1966: Always Room for One More (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1966 Caldecott Medal Winner: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] (Holt).
1965: May I Bring a Friend? (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1965 Caldecott Medal Winner: May I Bring a Friend?, illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Atheneum).
1964: Where the Wild Things Are (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1964 Caldecott Medal Winner: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper).
1963: The Snowy Day (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1963 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking).
1962: Once a Mouse (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1962 Caldecott Medal Winner: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner).
1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1961 Caldecott Medal Winner: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus).
1960: Nine Days to Christmas (4.3 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1960 Caldecott Medal Winner: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking).
1959: Chanticleer and the Fox
1959 Caldecott Medal Winner: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney (Crowell).
1958: Time of Wonder (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1958 Caldecott Medal Winner: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Viking).
1957: A Tree Is Nice (4.3 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1957 Caldecott Medal Winner: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper).
1956: Frog Went A-Courtin’ (4.9 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1956 Caldecott Medal Winner: Frog Went A-Courtin‘, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff (Harcourt).
1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1955 Caldecott Medal Winner: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner).
1954: Madeline’s Rescue (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1954 Caldecott Medal Winner: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking).
1953: The Biggest Bear (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1953 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (Houghton).
1952: Finders Keepers (4.1 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1952 Caldecott Medal Winner: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt).
1951: The Egg Tree (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1951 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous (Scribner).
1950: Song of the Swallows (4.5 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (Scribner).
1949: The Big Snow (4.7 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1949 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan).
1948: White Snow, Bright Snow (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1948 Caldecott Medal Winner: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop).
1947: The Little Island (4.4 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1947 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday).
1946: The Rooster Crows (3.9 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan).
1945: Prayer for a Child (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1945 Caldecott Medal Winner: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field (Macmillan).
1944: Many Moons (4.6 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1944 Caldecott Medal Winner: Many Moons A, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber (Harcourt)
1943: The Little House (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1943 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton).
1942: Make Way for Ducklings (4.8 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1942 Caldecott Medal Winner: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking).
1941: They Were Strong and Good (4.1 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1941 Caldecott Medal Winner: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson (Viking).
1940: Abraham Lincoln (4.3 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1940 Caldecott Medal Winner: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday).
1939: Mei Li (3.9 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1939 Caldecott Medal Winner: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday).
1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book (4.0 / 5.0 stars Amazon Reviews)
1938 Caldecott Medal Winner: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott).
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