Caldecott Award

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Click here for Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 


2017 Medal Winner

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,  illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

radiant child


2016 Medal Winner

Finding Winnie, The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

By  Lindsay Mattick
 
Finding Winnie  
 

2015 Medal Winner

Book cover: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary FriendThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat.
 

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.

2015 Honor Books

Book cover: Nana in the City
Nana in the City
, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.  
 
Castillo’s evocative watercolor illustrations tell the story of a young boy’s visit to his grandmother, and the reassuring way she helps him to lose his fear and experience the busy, loud city in a new way.

Book cover: The Noisy Paint Box
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock 
 
Abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors; he created work that was bold and groundbreaking using colors from his "noisy paint box.” His process is reflected beautifully by GrandPré, whose paint flows across the page in ethereal ribbons of color..

 
Book cover: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, 
illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett 
 
Klassen’s use of texture, shape and earth tones in this deceptively simple book invite readers into the experience of two boys, who, accompanied by their dog, set out to dig a hole. Readers will find an unexpected treasure and be challenged to ponder the meaning of “spectacular.”

 
Book cover: Viva Frida
Viva Frida
, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales 
 
Using a unique variety of media - puppetry, printmaking, painting and photography - combined with an intoxicating use of color and unfailing sense of composition, Morales celebrates the artistic process.

 
Book cover: The Right Word
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant 
 
Sweet’s inspired mixed media illustrations illuminate the personality and work of a man passionately interested in many things. Her collages combine disparate elements to create a cohesive whole, echoing the ways in which Roget ordered the world into lists that evolved into his groundbreaking thesaurus.

 
Book cover: This One Summer
This One Summer
, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki 
 
Intricately detailed illustrations in shades of indigo are masterfully layered with the text in this graphic novel. The pacing and strong imagery evoke myriad emotions and ground this poignant and painfully realistic coming-of-age story.