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Caldecott Award Winners

 I did the Research so you don't have to!

Awarded since 1938, the Caldecott Award recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children". It is awarded to the illustrator every January. This list currently covers winners through 2000. (I'm working on adding them all)  Books I've read are in bold, reviewed books are bold and purple.


2022 - Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques.

we are water protectors

2021 - We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.


2020 - The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

hello lighthouse

2019 - Hello Lighthouse illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall 

Story of a lighthouse keeper and his family as they watch the weather, surrounded by water.

wolf in the sow

2018 - Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell 

A little girl walking home through a snow storm finds a wolf cub and helps it.

radiant child

2017 - Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe 

The biography of collage artist Basquiat as a child and how he came to art.

finding winnie

2016 - Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

The true story of a man who rescued a bear cub, named it Winnie, took it to war with him. He and Winnie ended up at the London zoo where they met a little boy named Christopher Robin. The story of the bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

adventures of beekle

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

An imaginary friend is born but never chosen by a child, so he sets off on a journey where he finally finds his perfect match.


2014 - Locomotive by Brian Floca

This is the story of the opening of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, the families, the trains, the terrain.

this is not my hat

2013 - This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

A funny story about a little fish wearing a blue hat and trying to stay away from the big fish.

a ball for daisy

2012 - A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

The story of a dog whose favorite ball is ruined by a bigger dog teaches about the joy of having favorite things and the sadness of losing them.

a sick day for amos mcgee

2011 - A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A zookeeper takes good care of all the zoo animals and when he gets sick, they visit him at home to wish him well.

lion and the mouse

2010 - The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

A wordless adaptation of the Aesop's fable of the lion who spares the mouse and the mouse who then saves the lion, the vivid art of Africa and the animals makes this an unforgettable book.

the house in the night

2009 - The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

Glowing pictures illustrate things around the house at night, naming things that are known and comforting to preschoolers.

inventi0n of hugo cabret

2008 - The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

A 500 page book that is mostly illustrations about an orphan boy living secretly in a huge Paris train station where he keeps the clocks working. When he's discovered by a shop keeper and his little girl, his secrets and his life are put in danger.


2007 - Flotsam by David Wiesner

A little boy goes beachcombing to find interesting flotsam and finds a barnacle encrusted camera instead. What's in the camera?

hello goodbye window

2006 - The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

A little girl visits her grandparents and waves greetings through their magical window as they watch stars, games and more.

kittens first full moon

2005 - Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

When Kitten sees her first full moon, she thinks it's a big bowl of milk. Does she get it? Follow her adventures that night to see.

man who walked between towers

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

A pictorial depiction of the high-wire walk of Philippe Petit between the World Trade Center towers.

my friend rabbit

2003 - My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

When Mouse lets his friend Rabbit play with his new plane, trouble ensues. A story of friends and toys and troubles.

the three pigs

2002 - The Three Pigs by David Weisner

Though it starts similarly to the traditional story, this one enters a flight of fancy when the wolf blows one of the pigs right out of the story and into an imaginary world.

so you want to be president

2001 - So You Want to be President by Judith St. George

Updated to include Presidents through George W. Bush, humorously illustrated, the book shares facts and foibles of each of the 42 presidents.

joseph had a little overcoat

2000 - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

As his coat got old and shabby, he cut it down to a jacket, then cut it again, and again. Each time there's a hole in the book so the child can put their finger in and guess what comes next.

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