Caldecott Medal Winners from 1938 to Present

The Best in Children's Books Each Year

Annually, teachers, librarians, and young readers honor the best children's picture book by selecting the winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal.

These timeless books will continue to capture your students' imaginations year after year. You can even create a thematic unit to explore an array of Caldecott Medal winners with your students, comparing, contrasting, ranking, and reviewing a selection of these lush, classic stories.

Ask your school librarian for copies of these fantastic storybooks. Your students will love them - that's practically guaranteed with the Caldecott seal of approval.

Also consider the books on this list of the Caldecott Honor Books from the American Library Association's web site. Caldecott Honor Books receive honorable mention next to each year's sole Medal winner.

Here is the complete list of Caldecott Medal Winners from 1938 to Present:

  • 2010: The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers)
  • 2009: The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)
  • 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • 2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion)
  • 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window Illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua/Hyperion)
  • 2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
  • 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
  • 2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
  • 2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
  • 2001: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George (Philomel Books)
  • 2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback (Viking)
  • 1999: Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton)
  • 1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)
  • 1997: Golem by David Wisniewski (Clarion)
  • 1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
  • 1995: Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting (Harcourt)
  • 1994: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine (Houghton)
  • 1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully (Putnam)
  • 1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
  • 1991: Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton)
  • 1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel)
  • 1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman (Knopf)
  • 1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen (Philomel)
  • 1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks (Farrar)
  • 1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
  • 1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges (Little, Brown)
  • 1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen (Viking)
  • 1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars (Scribner)
  • 1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
  • 1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
  • 1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall (Viking)
  • 1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (Bradbury)
  • 1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier (Doubleday)
  • 1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove (Dial)
  • 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)
  • 1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott (Viking)
  • 1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach (Farrar)
  • 1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel (Dutton)
  • 1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Macmillan)
  • 1971: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley (Atheneum)
A complete list of Caldecott Medal Winners for excellence in children's picture books (continued):
  • 1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (Windmill Books)
  • 1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome (Farrar)
  • 1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)
  • 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (Holt)
  • 1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] (Holt)
  • 1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Atheneum)
  • 1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
  • 1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
  • 1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
  • 1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus)
  • 1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking)
  • 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney (Crowell)
  • 1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
  • 1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper)
  • 1956: Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff) (Harcourt)
  • 1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
  • 1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
  • 1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (Houghton)
  • 1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt)
  • 1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
  • 1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (Scribner)
  • 1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
  • 1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
  • 1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday)
  • 1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
  • 1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field (Macmillan)
  • 1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber (Harcourt)
  • 1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)
  • 1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
  • 1941: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson (Viking)
  • 1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (Doubleday)
  • 1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday)
  • 1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott)