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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.
1938-1959
Chanticleer and the Fox
1959
Chanticleer and the Fox
by Geoffrey Chaucer/Barbara Cooney
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.
Time of Wonder
1958
Time of Wonder
by Robert McCloskey
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.
A Tree is Nice
1957
A Tree is Nice
by Janice May Udry/Marc Simont
Briefly describes the value of a tree.
Frog Went A-Courtin’
1956
Frog Went A-Courtin’
by John Langstaff/Feodor Rojankovsky
Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
Cinderella
1955
Cinderella
by Marcia Brown
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
Madeline’s Rescue
1954
Madeline’s Rescue
by Ludwig Bemelmans
A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.
The Biggest Bear
1953
The Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
Finders Keepers
1952
Finders Keepers
by William Lipkind/Nicholas Mordvinoff
Two dogs who have found a bone can't decide who should eat it.
The Egg Tree
1951
The Egg Tree
by Katherine Milhous
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
Song of the Swallows
1950
Song of the Swallows
by Leo Politi
Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day the next spring.
The Big Snow
1949
The Big Snow
by Elmer & Berta Hader
Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.
White Snow, Bright Snow
1948
White Snow, Bright Snow
by Alvin Tresselt/Roger Duvoisin
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
The Little Island
1947
The Little Island
by Golden MacDonald/Leonard Weisgard
Depicts the changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches.
The Rooster Crows
1946
The Rooster Crows
by Maud & Miska Petersham
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
Prayer for a Child
1945
Prayer for a Child
by Rachel Field/Elizabeth Orton Jones
An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.
Many Moons
1944
Many Moons
by James Thurber/Louis Slobodkin
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's one wish.
The Little House
1943
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
Make Way For Ducklings
1942
Make Way For Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
They Were Strong and Good
1941
They Were Strong and Good
by Robert Lawson
Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.
Abraham Lincoln
1940
Abraham Lincoln
by Edgar Parin & Ingri D’Aulaire
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.
Mei Li
1939
Mei Li
by Thomas Handforth
After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year's Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.
Animals of the Bible
1938
Animals of the Bible
by Helen Fish/Dorothy Lathrop
A collection of stories about some of the Bible's most extraordinary animals.



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