Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners

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The Randolph Caldecott Medal was established in 1938 and is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children.

2018

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Wolf in the Snow Matthew Cordell

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2017

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Javaka Steptoe

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2016

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Cover of Finding WinnieFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear Lindsay Mattick; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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2015

Book cover of The adventures of BeekleMedal

The adventures of Beekle Dan Santat

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2014

Cover of Mr Wuffles!Medal

Locomotive Brian Floca

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2013

Book cover of This is not my hatMedal

This is not my hat Jon Klassen

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  • Creepy carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One cool friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep like a tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

2012

Cover: A Ball for DaisyMedal

A ball for Daisy Chris Raschka

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2011

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A sick day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

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2010

Cover of Lion & MouseMedal

The lion & the mouse Jerry Pinkney

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2009

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The house in the night illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

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2008

The invention of HugoMedal

The invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick

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2007

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Flotsam David Wiesner

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2006

Cover of The Hello, Goodbye WindowMedal

The hello, goodbye window illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster

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2005

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Kitten’s first full moon Kevin Henkes

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2004

Cover of The Man Who Walked Between the TowersMedal

The man who walked between the towers Mordicai Gerstein

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2003

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My friend Rabbit Eric Rohmann

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2002

Cover of The Three PigsMedal

The three pigs David Wiesner

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2001

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So you want to be President? illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George

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2000

Book cover of Joseph had a little overcoatMedal

Joseph had a little overcoat Simms Taback

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1999

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Snowflake Bentley Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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1998

Book cover of RapunzelMedal

Rapunzel Paul O. Zelinsky

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1997

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Golem David Wisniewski

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1996

Book cover of Alphabet CityMedal

Officer Buckle and Gloria Peggy Rathman

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1995

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Smoky night illustrated by David Diaz, written by Eve Bunting

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  • John Henry illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Julius Lester
  • Swamp angel illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, written by Anne Isaacs
  • Time flies Eric Rohmann

1994

Cover of Grandfather's JourneyMedal

Grandfather’s journey Allen Say

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1993

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Mirette on high wire Emily McCully

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1992

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Tuesday David Weisner

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Tar Beach F. Ringgold

1991

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Black and white David Macauley

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1990

Cover of Lon Po PoMedal

Lon Po Po Ed Young

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1989

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Song and dance man Stephen Gammell

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1988

Book cover of Mufaro’s beautiful daughtersMedal

Owl Moon illustrated by John Schoenherr, written by Jane Yolen

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Mufaro’s beautiful daughters John Steptoe

1987

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Hey, Al illustrated by Richard Egielski, written by Arthur Yorinks

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1986

Cover of The Polar ExpressMedal

Polar express Chris Van Allsburg

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1985

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Saint George and the dragon illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, written by Margaret Hodges

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1984

Book cover of The glorious flightMedal

The glorious flight: across the channel with Louis Bleriot Alice and Martin Provenson

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1983

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Shadow illustrated by Marcia Brown, written by Blaise Cendrar

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1982

Cover of Outside Over ThereMedal

Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg

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1981

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Fables Arnold Lobel

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1980

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Ox-cart man illustrated by Barbara Cooney, written by Donald Hall

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1979

Cover of Freight TrainMedal

The girl who loved horses Paul Goble

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1978

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Noah’s ark Peter Spier

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1977

Book cover of Ashanti to ZuluMedal

Ashanti to Zulu illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Margaret Musgrove

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1976

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Why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears illustrated by Leo Dillon, written by Verna Aardema

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1975

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Arrow to the sun Gerald McDermott

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Jambo means hello illustrated by Tom Feelings, written by Muriel Feelings

1974

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Duffy and the devil illustrated by Margot Zemach, written by Harve Zemach

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1973

Book cover of The funny little womanMedal

The funny little woman illustrated by Blair Lent, written by Ariene Mosel

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1972

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One fine day Nonny Hogrogian

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1971

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A story a story Gail E. Haley

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1970

Book cover of Sylvester and the magic pebbleMedal

Sylvester and the magic pebble William Steig

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1969

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The fool of the world and the flying ship illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, written by Arthur Ransome

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Why the sun and the moon live in the sky illustrated by Blair Lent, written by Elphinstone Dayrell

1968

Cover of FrederickMedal

Drummer Hoff illustrated by Ed Emberley, written by Barbara Emberley

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1967

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Sam, bangs and moonshine Evaline Ness

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One wide river to cross illustrated by Ed Emberley, written by Barbara Emberley

1966

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Always room for one more illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, written by Sorche Nic Leodhas

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1965

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May I bring a friend illustrated by Beni Montresor, written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

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1964

Book cover Where the wild things areMedal

Where the wild things are Maurice Sendak

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1963

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The snowy day Ezra Jack Keats

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1962

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Once a mouse Marcia Brown

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1961

Cover of Inch by InchMedal

Baboushka and the three kings illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov, written by Ruth Robbins

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Inch by inch Leo Lionni

1960

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Nine days to Christmas Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

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1959

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Chanticleer and the fox illustrated by Barbara Cooney, written by Chaucer

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1958

Book cover: Time of wonderMedal

Time of wonder Robert McCloskey

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1957

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A tree is nice illustrated by Marc Simont, written by Janice Udry

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1956

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Frog went a-courtin’ illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, written by John Langstaff

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1955

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Cinderella illustrated by Marcia Brown, written by Charles Perrault

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1954

Book cover: Madeline’s rescueMedal

Madeline’s rescue Ludwig Bemelmans

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1953

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The biggest bear Lynn Ward

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1952

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Finders keepers illustrated by Nicolas Mordvinoff, written by Will Lipkind

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1951

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The egg tree Katherine Milhous

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1950

Book cover: Bartholomew and the oobleckMedal

Song of the swallows Leo Politi

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1949

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The big snow Berta and Elmer Hader

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1948

Cover of Mc Elligot's PoolMedal

White snow, bright snow illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, written by Alvin Tresselt

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1947

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The little island Golden MacDonald illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

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1946

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The rooster crows Maud and Miska Petersham

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1945

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Prayer for a child illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones, written by Rachel Field

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1944

Book cover: Many moonsMedal

Many moons illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, written by James Thurber

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1943

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The little house Virginia Lee Burton

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1942

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Make way for ducklings Robert McCloskey

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1941

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They were strong and good Robert Lawson

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April’s kittens Clare Newberry

1940

Cover of MadelineMedal

Abraham Lincoln Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

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1939

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Mei Li Thomas Handforth

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1938

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Animals of the bible illustrated by Dorothy P. Lethrop, written by Helen Dean Fish

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