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Caldecott Medal Winners

Caldecott Medal

This medal is given to the artist (either a citizen or resident of the United States) who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year beginning in 1938.  It is named for the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott.

The illustration on the Caldecott Medal, is taken from Caldecott’s illustrations for “The Diverting History of John Gilpin,” showing John Gilpin astride a runaway horse, accompanied by squawking geese, braying dogs, and startled onlookers.

Originally, members of the Newbery Medal Committee served as judges and a book could not be considered on both ballots. But now “any book published in the preceding year shall be eligible to be considered for either award or both awards.” Separate committees to choose the Newbery and Caldecott Awards were established in 1978 and began with the 1980 selection.  No one book has won in both categories – yet.

1938 to Present

2017: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

2016: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by  Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick

2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

2014: Locomotive by Brian Floca

2013: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

2012: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

2010: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

2009:  The House in the Nightillustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner

2006: The Hello, Goodbye Windowillustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster

2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

2001: So You Want to Be President?, illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George

2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

1999: Snowflake Bentleyillustrated by Mary Azarian, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

1997: Golem by David Wisniewski

1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

1995: Smoky Nightillustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting

1994: Grandfather’s Journeyillustrated by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine

1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner

1991: Black and White by David Macaulay

1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

1989: Song and Dance Manillustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman

1988: Owl Moonillustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen

1987: Hey, Alillustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks

1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

1985: Saint George and the Dragonillustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges

1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen

1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars

1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel

1980: Ox-Cart Manillustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall

1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

1978: Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditionsillustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove

1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Earsillustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema

1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach

1973: The Funny Little Womanillustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel

1972: One Fine Dayretold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian

1971: A Story A Storyretold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley

1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Shipillustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome

1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley

1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness

1966: Always Room for One Moreillustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger]

1965: May I Bring a Friend?, illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

1962: Once a Mouseretold and illustrated by Marcia Brown

1961: Baboushka and the Three Kingsillustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins

1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney

1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry

1956: Frog Went A-Courtin’illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff

1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipperillustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown

1954: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans

1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

1952: Finders Keepersillustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]

1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi

1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader

1948: White Snow, Bright Snowillustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt

1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]

1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham

1945: Prayer for a Childillustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field

1944: Many Moonsillustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber

1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

1941: They Were Strong and Goodby Robert Lawson

1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth

1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Bookillustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish

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