Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Medal

This annual award honors the most distinguished American picture book for children.

For more information on the Caldecott Medal, please see the ALA Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Caldecott Medal Winners

  • We Are Water Protectors

    Carole Lindstrom

    Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm

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  • Hello Lighthouse

    Sophie Blackall

    A lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall that will transport readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor!

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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    Brian Selznick

    ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.

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  • The House in the Night

    Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light, in a bedtime book for youngsters that names nighttime things, such as a bed and the m

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  • The Lion & the Mouse

    Jerry Pinkney

    In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted.

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  • A Ball for Daisy

    A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

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  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee

    Philip C. Stead

    THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too!

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  • This is Not My Hat

    Jon Klassen

    A little fish thinks he can get away with stealing a hat.

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  • Locomotive

    Presents a visual exploration of America's early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

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  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

    Dan Santat

    Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born.

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