Children’s Literature: Caldecott Winners from the Past 15 Years

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?


  1. Im a bit surprised at how many of those I have not heard of. I remember specifically picking Caldecott award books when I was a kid…looks like I have some catching up to do!

  2. My daughter loved “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”. My favorite of these so far is “Kitten’s First Full Moon”. I’ve not checked out this year’s winner yet, so we’ll have to see how it stands.

  3. I absolutely LOVE Caldecott books! During my time as a teacher I wrote several cross-curricular units to go along with some of the stories. Those units were my favorite lessons to teach. :)

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