Caldecott Medal Winners
About the Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. See the ALA Caldecott Medal website for more information about the award.
Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - 2013 (Adobe PDF)
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat.
It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled
palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the
fish and imagine the consequence.
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass,
Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,”
Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.
2013 Honor Books
Jasper the rabbit loves carrots until he notices they are everywhere. He
is convinced they’re coming for him! Pronounced shadows, black borders and
shaded edges enhance this ever so slightly sinister tale with a distinctly
cinematic feel. This is one serving of carrots children will eagerly devour.
A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a
colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn. Klassen's innovative
digital technique results in shifts of color that signal character change
and critical turns of plot -all done with just the right stitches of humor.
In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh
approach to the multiple meanings of “green.” Using thickly-layered acrylics,
word pairings and cleverly placed die cuts, she invites readers to pause,
pay attention and wonder.
Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale of
Father, Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two). Buzzeo’s text, brimming
with sly wordplay, earns its perfect counterpoint in Small’s ink, watercolor
and pencil illustrations with chilly details and visual jokes that invite
many repeated readings.
Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and repeated
visual motifs, her parents coax her into bed. Using mixed media artwork on
wood enhanced with computer illustrations, this is a whimsical story with