This is a complete list of the books that have won the Caldecott Award. Click on the title to see if the book is available. (For a printable list of the winners and all the honor books for each year, select the checklist tab.)
The illustrator is Jason Chin.
Gathering watercress by the side of the road in Ohio brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. (This book was named the Caldecott Medal winner and a Newbery Medal Honor book in 2022.)
The illustrator is Michaela Goade.
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.
The illustrator is Kadir Nelson.
This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.
The illustrator is Sophie Blackall.
Step back in time to experience life in a lighthouse. Outside the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds.
The illustrator is Matthew Cordell.
A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts.
The illustrator is Javaka Steptoe.
A picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat who became famous for his unique, collage-style paintings in the 1980s. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City.
The illustrator is Sophie Blackall.
Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. Rescued by veterinarian Harry Colebourn on his way to World War I, Winnie eventually made her way to the London Zoo where she made another new friend, a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
The illustrator is Dan Santat.
On an island far away an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.
The illustrator is Brian Floca.
It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
The illustrator is Erin E. Stead.
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl. But one day he woke up with a cold. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is Beth Krommes.
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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is David Wiesner.
A wave deposits an old-fashioned contraption at the feet of an inquisitive young beachcomber. Its a Melville underwater camera, and the excited boy quickly develops the film he finds inside.
The illustrator is Chris Raschka.
On the title page, a little girl springs away from her parents; turn the page, and the reader sees only her arms on the gate, the reader taking her perspective as she looks over to the white clapboard house where her Nanna and Poppy's faces stare equally eagerly out of the Hello, Goodbye Window.
The illustrator is Mordicai Gerstein.
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is Richard Egielski.
Al is a janitor who lives with his dog Eddie. One day, a funny-looking bird sticks its head through Al's bathroom window and proposes a journey to a terrific place where there are "no worries" and "no cares." Al agrees and takes Eddie with him. What the two experience is paradise, but it soon gives way to the uncertainties of being away from home.
The illustrator is Trina Schart Hyman.
Adapted by Margaret Hodges from Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, this is the story of George, the Red Cross Knight, who slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside and brings peace and joy to the land.
The illustrators are Alice and 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.
The illustrator is Marcia Brown.
Translated from the French original by Marcia Brown, this is a 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.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is Peter Spier.
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood. Includes Peter Spier's translation of The Flood, by Jacobus Revius.
The illustrator is William Steig.
On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results.
The illustrator is 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.
The illustrator is Evaline Ness.
Samantha (known as Sam) is a fisherman’s daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams--moonshine, her father says. But when her tall stories bring disaster to her friend Thomas and her cat Bangs, Sam learns to distinguish between moonshine and reality.
The illustrator is Robert McCloskey.
The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.
The illustrator is Katherine Milhous.
One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom's house. When Katy went up to the attic she discovered a very special set of eggs. Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree -- an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.
The illustrator is Leonard Weisgard.
Once there was a little island in the ocean. That little island changed with the seasons and the storms, it changed from day to night. Then one day a kitten visited the little island and learned a secret.
The illustrator is Robert McCloskey.
The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home in the public garden.
The illustrator is Dorothy P. Lathrop.
Thirty richly detailed black-and-white drawings illustrate the stories of the Creation, Noah's Ark, the first Christmas, and many others. The text is from the King James Bible.