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The Medal

The medal is named after Randolph Caldecott, an influential children's illustrator working in England in the 19th century.  His illustrations for children were unique to their time in both their humor, and their ability to create a sense of movement, vitality, and action that complemented the stories they accompanied.


Caldecott Honor Books

Both the Newbery and Caldecott Medal committees had a difficult time choosing one book as a winner. Committee members began to recognize additional books as worthy of attention. These "runners-ups" are now referred to as "honor books."

Multiple Award Winnders

Two people have won three Caldecott Medals.

Marcia Brown,1955, 1962, 1983 (also five Honors)

David Wiesner, 1992, 2002, 2007 (also three Honors)

Several others have won two medals:

Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, Nonny Hogrogian, Leo and Diane Dillon, Chris Van Allsburg, Chris Raschka



    The Caldecott Medal came 15 years after the first Newbery Medal was awarded. Each year the American Library Association (ALA) would honor the authors of the most distinguished American children's books published the previous year. Some members of ALA became concerned that the artists creating picture books for children were just as deserving of recognition as authors of children's books. In 1937, Frederic G. Melcher suggested the establishment of a second annual medal. This medal would be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year. In 1938, the first Caldecott medal was awarded to Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop.

    "The Randolph Caldecott Medal", American Library Association, November 30, 1999. (Accessed November 20, 2013)


    Caldecott Winners at MBCC Framingham


    Cover Art
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee - Philip C. Stead; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781596434028
    Publication Date: 2010-05-25
    Winner 2011

    Cover Art
    The House in the Night - Susan Marie Swanson; Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780618862443
    Publication Date: 2008-05-05
    Winner 2009

    Cover Art
    Flotsam - David Wiesner
    ISBN: 9780618194575
    Publication Date: 2006-09-04
    Winner 2007

    Cover Art
    Kitten's First Full Moon - Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0060588284
    Publication Date: 2004-03-02
    Winner 2005

    Cover Art
    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers - Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0761328688
    Publication Date: 2003-09-05
    Winner 2004

    Cover Art
    My Friend Rabbit - Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781596430808
    Publication Date: 2005-08-01
    Winner 2003

    Cover Art
    The Three Pigs - David Wiesner (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0618007016
    Publication Date: 2001-04-23
    Winner 2002

    Cover Art
    So You Want to Be President? - Judith St. George; David Small (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0399234071
    Publication Date: 2000-08-21
    Winner 2001

    Cover Art
    Snowflake Bentley - Jacqueline Briggs Martin; Mary Azarian (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395861624
    Publication Date: 1998-09-28
    Winner 1999

    Cover Art
    Golem - David Wisniewski (Retold by); David Wisniewski (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395726182
    Publication Date: 1996-10-18
    Winner 1997

    Cover Art
    Officer Buckle and Gloria - Peggy Rathmann
    ISBN: 0399226168
    Publication Date: 1995-09-28
    Winner 1996

    Cover Art
    Smoky Night - Eve Bunting; David Diaz (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0152699546
    Publication Date: 1994-03-31
    Winner 1995

    Cover Art
    Grandfather's Journey - Allen Say (Illustrator); Eve Bunting
    ISBN: 0395570352
    Publication Date: 1993-10-25
    Winner 1994

    Cover Art
    Mirette on the High Wire - Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0399221301
    Publication Date: 1992-10-21
    Winner 1993

    Cover Art
    Tuesday - David Wiesner (Illustrator); Dorothy Briley (Editor)
    ISBN: 0395551137
    Publication Date: 1991-04-22
    Winner 1992

    Cover Art
    Black and White - David Macaulay (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395521513
    Publication Date: 1990-04-30
    Winner 1991

    Cover Art
    Lon Po Po - Ed Young (Illustrator, Translator)
    ISBN: 0399216197
    Publication Date: 1989-11-01
    Winner 1990

    Cover Art
    Song and Dance Man - Karen Ackerman; Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0679819959
    Publication Date: 1992-01-15
    Winner 1989

    Cover Art
    Owl Moon - Jane Yolen; John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780399214578
    Publication Date: 1987-10-23
    Winner 1998

    Cover Art
    Hey, Al - Arthur Yorinks; Richard Egielski (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780374330606
    Publication Date: 1986-11-01
    Winner 1987

    Cover Art
    The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
    ISBN: 0395389496
    Publication Date: 1985-10-28
    Winner 1986

    Cover Art
    Saint George and the Dragon - Margaret Hodges; Trina Schart Hyman
    ISBN: 0316367893
    Publication Date: 1984-10-30
    Winner 1985

    Cover Art
    Shadow - Marcia Brown (Illustrator, Translator); French of Blaise Cendrars (Translator)
    ISBN: 9780684172262
    Publication Date: 1982-05-01
    Winner 1983

    Cover Art
    Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395304482
    Publication Date: 1981-04-27
    Winner 1982

    Cover Art
    Fables - Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0060239735
    Publication Date: 1980-08-06
    Winner 1981

    Cover Art
    Ox-Cart Man - Donald Hall; Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0670533289
    Publication Date: 1979-10-08
    Winner 1980

    Cover Art
    The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses - Paul Goble (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0689716966
    Publication Date: 1993-03-31
    Winner 1979

    Cover Art
    Noah's Ark - Peter Spier (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780385094733
    Publication Date: 1977-07-12
    Winner 1978

    Cover Art
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears - Verna Aardema
    ISBN: 9780812428049
    Publication Date: 1981-09-01
    Winner 1976

    Cover Art
    Arrow to the Sun - Gerald McDermott (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0140502114
    Publication Date: 1977-02-24
    Winner 1975

    Cover Art
    Duffy and the Devil - Harve Zemach; Margot Zemach (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0374318875
    Publication Date: 1973-01-01
    Winner 1974

    Cover Art
    The Funny Little Woman - Arlene Mosel; Blair Lent (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780525302650
    Publication Date: 1972-10-06
    Winner 1973

    Cover Art
    One Fine Day - Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0027440001
    Publication Date: 1971-08-01
    Winner 1972

    Cover Art
    A Story, a Story - Gail E. Haley (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0689712014
    Publication Date: 1988-02-28
    Winner 1971

    Cover Art
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 067166154X
    Publication Date: 1988-04-01
    Winner 1970

    Cover Art
    The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship - Arthur Ransome
    ISBN: 0833504193
    Publication Date: 1987-04-01
    Winner 1969

    Cover Art
    Drummer Hoff - Ed Emberley (Illustrator); Barbara Emberley
    ISBN: 067166249X
    Publication Date: 1972-09-01
    Winner 1968

    Cover Art
    Sam, Bangs and Moonshine - Evaline Ness (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780805003147
    Publication Date: 1966-09-01
    Winner 1967

    Cover Art
    Always Room for One More - Sorche Nic Leodhas; Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780805003314
    Publication Date: 1965-09-15
    Winner 1966

    Cover Art
    The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0670654000
    Publication Date: 1962-11-05
    Winner 1963

    Cover Art
    Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780670451494
    Publication Date: 1941-01-01
    Winner 1942


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    Read Them All!

    If you want try and read all the Caldecott Winner and Honor books, here is a handy checklist to print out and  help you keep track of your progress.


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