List of All Caldecott Medal Winners

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children to the illustrator of the best American picture book for children. Artists or their publishers must submit two copies of a book published during the previous year to the ALSC and a selection committee. The Caldecott Award Selection Committee then selects the year’s Caldecott Medal Winner as well as multiple Honorable Mention runners-up.

My intermediate-term goal is to read my daughter every Caldecott Medal winning book before she starts kindergarten. I still have some of these books from when I was a child and the rest are relatively easy to find at libraries or from used book sellers. If nothing else, at least we get to look at great illustrations together.

Below is a full list of every Caldecott Medal Winner since the award was established in 1938

Year Book Cover Title Check Price on Amazon
2012 A Ball for Daisy A Ball for Daisy
2011 A Sick Day for Amos McGee A Sick Day for Amos McGee
2010 The Lion & the Mouse The Lion & the Mouse
2009 The House in the Night The House in the Night
2008 The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
2007 Flotsam Flotsam
2006 The Hello, Goodbye Window The Hello, Goodbye Window
2005 Kitten’s First Full Moon Kitten’s First Full Moon
2004 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
2003 My Friend Rabbit My Friend Rabbit
2002 The Three Pigs The Three Pigs
2001 So You Want to Be President? So You Want to be President?
2000 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
1999 Snowflake Bentley Snowflake Bentley
1998 Rapunzel Rapunzel
1997 Golem Golem
1996 Officer Buckle and Gloria Officer Buckle & Gloria
1995 Smoky Night Smoky Night
1994 Grandfather’s Journey Grandfather’s Journey
1993 Mirette on the High Wire Mirette on the High Wire
1992 Tuesday Tuesday
1991 Black and White Black and White
1990 Lon Po Po Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
1989 Song and Dance Man Song and Dance Man
1988 Owl Moon Owl Moon
1987 Hey, Al Hey, Al
1986 The Polar Express The Polar Express
1985 Saint George and the Dragon Saint George and the Dragon
1984 The Glorious Flight The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
1983 Shadow Shadow (From the French of Blaise Cendrars)
1982 Jumanji Jumanji
1981 Fables Fables
1980 Ox-Cart Man Ox-Cart Man
1979 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
1978 Noah’s Ark Noah’s Ark
1977 Ashanti to Zulu Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
1976 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
1975 Arrow to the Sun Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
1974 Duffy and the Devil Duffy and the Devil
1973 The Funny Little Woman The Funny Little Woman
1972 One Fine Day One Fine Day
1971 A Story A Story A Story, a Story
1970 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
1969 The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
1968 Drummer Hoff Drummer Hoff
1967 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
1966 Always Room for One More Always Room for One More
1965 May I Bring a Friend? May I Bring a Friend?
1964 Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are
1963 The Snowy Day The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition
1962 Once a Mouse Once a Mouse
1961 Baboushka and the Three Kings Baboushka and the Three Kings
1960 Nine Days to Christmas Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico
1959 Chanticleer and the Fox Chanticleer and the Fox
1958 Time of Wonder Time of Wonder
1957 A Tree Is Nice A Tree Is Nice
1956 Frog Went A-Courtin’ Frog Went A-Courtin’
1955 Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper Cinderella
1954 Madeline’s Rescue Madeline’s Rescue
1953 The Biggest Bear The Biggest Bear
1952 Finders Keepers Finders Keepers
1951 The Egg Tree The Egg Tree
1950 Song of the Swallows Song of the Swallows
1949 The Big Snow The Big Snow
1948 White Snow, Bright Snow White Snow, Bright Snow
1947 The Little Island The Little Island
1946 The Rooster Crows The Rooster Crows : A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles
1945 Prayer for a Child Prayer for a Child
1944 Many Moons Many Moons
1943 The Little House The Little House
1942 Make Way for Ducklings Make Way for Ducklings
1941 They Were Strong and Good They Were Strong and Good
1940 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
1939 Mei Li Mei Li
1938 Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book Animals of the Bible