After sharing my tips for choosing a good children’s book last week, I thought I would introduce you to the Caldecott Award.
If you’ve been around Children’s Literature at all, you’ve probably heard books referred to as “Caldecott Winners” or “Caldecott Honor Books”. Here is what the Caldecott Award is all about:
“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. ” –ALSC website
Although a book is awarded this honor based on its illustrations, the Caldecott winners are normally well-written and extremely engaging for young children.
Here are the Caldecott Winners for the last 15 years. Go here to find the complete list of Caldecott winners since 1938 (along with each year’s honor books).
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Flotsam by David Wiesner
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
Golem by David Wisniewski
Have you read any of these books? Which is your favorite?