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Caldecott Medal Books

1959 Chanticleer and the Fox
Written by Barbara Cooney
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.
1960 Nine Days to Christmas
Written by Aurora Labastida
Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a pi~nata for it.
1961 Baboushka and theThree Kings
Written by Ruth Robbins
Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov
An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season.
1962 Once a Mouse
Written by Marcia Brown
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.
1963 The Snowy Day
Written by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
1964 Where the Wild Things Are
Written by Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.
1965 May I Bring a Friend?
Written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Illustrated by Beni Montresor
A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.
1966 Always Room for One More
Written by Sorche Nic Leodhas
Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
1967 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
Written by Evaline Ness
Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.
1968 Drummer Hoff
Written by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emaberlay
A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.
1969 The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Written by Arthur Ransome
Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.
1970 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Written by William Steig
In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.
1971 A Story, A Story
Written by Gail E. Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
1972 One Fine Day
Written by Nonny Hogrogian
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.
1973 The Funny Little Woman
Written by Lafcadio Hearn
Illustrated by Blair Lent
While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.
1974 Duffy and the Devil
Written by Harve Zemach
The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire's name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil's name.
1975 Arrow to the Sun
Written by Gerald McDermont
An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.
1976 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Written by Verna Aardena
Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.
1977 Ashanti to Zulu
Written by Margaret Musgrove
Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
1978 Noah's Ark
Written by Peter Spier
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
1979 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Written by Paul Goble
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
1980 Ox-Cart Man
Written by Donald Hall
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.
1981 Fables
Written by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
1982 Jumanji
Written by Chris Van Allsburg
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.
1983 Shadow
Written by Blaise Cendrars
Illustrated 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.
1984 The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
Written by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by 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.
1985 Saint George and the Dragon
Written by Margaret Hodges
Illustrated by 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.
1986 The Polar Express
Written by Chris Van Allsburg
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
1987 Hey, Al
Written by Arthur Yoriks
Illustrated by Richard Egleiski
A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well. Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie, live in a single room on the West Side. They eat together, they work together, they do everything together. So what's the problem? Thier room is crowded and cramped; their life is an endless struggle. Al and Eddie are practically at eachothers throats when a large and mysterious bird offers them a new life in paradise. After some debate, they decide to accept. Transported to a gorgeous island in the sky, Al and Eddie are soon living a life of ease and luxury. But they come to find that the grass can be a little too green on the other side. After a dramatic, nearly tragic escape from their paradise prison, both man and dog agree: there really is no place like home.
1988 Owl Moon
Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by 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.
1989 Song and Dance Man
Written by Karen Ackerman
Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
1990 Lon Po Po
Written by Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
1991 Black and White
Written 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.
1992 Tuesday
Written by David Wiesner
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
1993 Mirette on the High Wire
Written 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.
1994 Grandfather's Journey
Written 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.
1995 Smoky Night
Written by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by 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.
1996 Officer Buckle and Gloria
Written by Peggy Rathmann
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.
1997 Golem
Written by David Wisnievski
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
1998 Rapunzel
Written by Paul Zelinski
A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.
1999 Snowflake Bentley
Written by Jacqueline Martin
Illustrated by Mary Azarian
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
2000 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Written by Simms Taback
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
2001 So You Want to be President?
Written by Judith St. George
Illustrated by David Small
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
2002 The Three Pigs
Written by David Wiesner
The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.
2003 My Friend Rabbit
Written by Eric Rohmann
Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.
2004 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Written by Mordicai Gerstein
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
2005 Kitten's First Full Moon
Written by Kevin Henkes
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
2006 The Hello, Goodbye Window
Written by Norton Juster
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.
2007 Flotsam
Written by David Wiesner
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
2008 The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Written by Brian Selznick
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
2009 The House in the Night
Written by Susan Marie Swanson
Illustrated by Beth Krommes
From the Publisher: A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers-a key, a bed, the moon-this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
2010 The Lion and the Mouse
Written by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.
2011 A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Written by Phillip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
"Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests."--Dust jacket.
2012 A Ball for Daisy
Written by Chris Raschka
A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

List last updated on January 27, 2013