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Caldecott Medal Award Books

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published during the preceding year. It is named for Randolph Caldecott, a famous English illustrator of books for children. The medal is awarded by the Association of Library Service to Children, American Library Association. All titles are shelved in the jCALDECOTT bins. If the author was not also the illustrator, the author's name appears first, followed by the illustrator's. You may check a title's availability in the Library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin/Mary Azarian
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

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

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.

Officer Buckle and Gloria
by Peggy Rathman
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.

Smoky Night
by Eve Bunting/David Diaz
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.

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.

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Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.

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

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.

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.

Song and Dance Man
by Karen Ackerman/Stephen Gammel
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen/John Schoenherr
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Hey, Al
by Arthur Yorinks/Richard Egielski
Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog live in a single room. A large and mysterious bird offers them a new life in paradise. But after accepting, they decide that home is best.

The Polar Express
by Chris VanAllsburg
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Saint George and the Dragon
by Margaret Hodges/Trina Schart Hyman
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which 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.

The Glorious Flight
by Alice & Martin Provensen
A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900's.

Shadow
by Marcia Brown
Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.

Jumanji
by Chris VanAllsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

Fables
by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

Ox-Cart Man
by Donald Hall/Barbara Cooney
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.