Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

When TinyHuman was born, and more specifically when he came home, I started thinking about the books we would read together. For now, I get to decide what we read, but along with the books I find by browsing the library shelves or in book reviews, I wanted some direction. And so, I decided to read through the Caldecott Medal and Honor books. “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.” Below is a list of all the books, which will link to reviews once they are written. Titles in purple have been read, but still need to be reviewed. 

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979
1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 19631964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959
1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949
1938 | 1939

Progress: 25/336

2017

  • Medal Winner – Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe
  • Honor Book – Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol
  • Honor Book – Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Honor Book – Du Iz Tak?, illustrated and written by Carson Ellis
  • Honor Book – They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

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2016

  • Medal Winner –  Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick
  • Honor Book – Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews
  • Honor Book – Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
  • Honor Book – Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Honor Book – Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña

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2015

  • Medal Winner – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Honor Book – Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • Honor Book – The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock
  • Honor Book – Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Honor Book – The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
  • Honor Book – This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

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2014

  • Medal Winner – Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca
  • Honor Book – Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
  • Honor Book – Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle
  • Honor Book – Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner

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2013

  • Medal Winner – This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Honor Book – Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Honor Book – Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Honor Book – Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Honor Book – One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Honor Book – Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

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2012

  • Medal Winner – A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
  • Honor Book – Blackout by John Rocco
  • Honor Book – Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  • Honor Book – Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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2011

  • Medal Winner – A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead
  • Honor Book – Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Honor Book – Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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2010

  • Medal Winner – The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • Honor Book – All the World ,illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • Honor Book – Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors , illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman

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2009

  • Medal Winner – The House in the Night , illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson
  • Honor Book – A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
  • Honor Book – How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
  • Honor Book – A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams , illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

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2008

  • Medal Winner – The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Honor Book – Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
  • Honor Book – First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Honor Book – The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
  • Honor Book – Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems

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2007

  • Medal Winner – Flotsam by David Wiesner
  • Honor Book – Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
  • Honor Book – Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

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2006

  • Medal Winner – The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster
  • Honor Book – Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni
  • Honor Book – Zen Shorts illustrated and written by Jon J. Muth
  • Honor Book – Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman.
  • Honor Book – Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman

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2005

  • Medal Winner – Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Honor Book – The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
  • Honor Book – Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Honor Book – Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems.

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2004

  • Medal Winner – The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Honor Book – Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
  • Honor Book – What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.
  • Honor Book – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.

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2003

  • Medal Winner – My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  • Honor Book – The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, written by Mary Howitt
  • Honor Book – Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty
  • Honor Book – Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney

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2002

  • Medal Winner – The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
  • Honor Book – The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins illustrated by Brian Selznick, written by Barbara Kerley
  • Honor Book – Martin’s Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport
  • Honor Book – The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

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2001

  • Medal Winner – So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George
  • Honor Book – Casey at the Bat illustrated by Christopher Bing, written by Ernest Thayer
  • Honor Book – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type illustrated by Betsy Lewin, written by Doreen Cronin
  • Honor Book – Olivia by Ian Falconer

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2000

  • Medal Winner – Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback
  • Honor Book – A Child’s Calendar illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, Text: John Updike
  • Honor Book – Sector 7 by David Wiesner
  • Honor Book – When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • Honor Book – The Ugly Duckling illustrated by Jerry Pinkney Text: Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Jerry Pinkney

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1999

  • Medal Winner – Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian, text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Honor Book – Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Text: Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Honor Book – No, David! by David Shannon
  • Honor Book – Snow by Uri Shulevitz
  • Honor Book – Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sís

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1998

  • Medal Winner – Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Honor Book – The Gardener illustrated by David Small, Text: Sarah Stewart
  • Honor Book – Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers, Text: Walter Dean Myers
  • Honor Book – There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

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1997

  • Medal Winner – Golem by David Wisniewski
  • Honor Book – Hush! A Thai Lullaby illustrated by Holly Meade; text: Minfong Ho
  • Honor Book – The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier
  • Honor Book – The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
  • Honor Book – Starry Messenger by Peter Sís

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1996

  • Medal Winner – Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • Honor Book – Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
  • Honor Book – Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin , illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; text: Lloyd Moss
  • Honor Book – The Faithful Friend , illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text: Robert D. San Souci
  • Honor Book – Tops & Bottoms , adapted and illustrated by Janet Stevens

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1995

  • Medal Winner – Smoky Night , illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting
  • Honor Book – John Henry, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Julius Lester
  • Honor Book – Swamp Angel, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text: Anne Issacs
  • Honor Book – Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

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1994

  • Medal Winner – Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine
  • Honor Book – Peppe the Lamplighter, illustrated by Ted Lewin; text: Elisa Bartone
  • Honor Book – In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
  • Honor Book – Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott
  • Honor Book – Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Honor Book – Yo! Yes? illustrated by Chris Raschka; text: edited by Richard Jackson

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1993

  • Medal Winner – Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Honor Book – The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales , illustrated by Lane Smith; text: Jon Scieszka
  • Honor Book – Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
  • Honor Book – Working Cotton , illustrated by Carole Byard; text: Sherley Anne Williams

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1992

  • Medal Winner – Tuesday by David Wiesner
  • Honor Book – Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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1991

  • Medal Winner – Black and White by David Macaulay
  • Honor Book – Puss in Boots , illustrated by Fred Marcellino; text: Charles Perrault, trans. by Malcolm Arthur
  • Honor Book – “More More More,” Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams

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1990

  • Medal Winner – Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
  • Honor Book – Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet
  • Honor Book – Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • Honor Book – The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South , illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Robert D. San Souci
  • Honor Book – Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins , illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: Eric Kimmel

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1989

  • Medal Winner – Song and Dance Man , illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman
  • Honor Book – The Boy of the Three-Year Nap , illustrated by Allen Say; text: Diane Snyder
  • Honor Book – Free Fall by David Wiesner
  • Honor Book – Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
  • Honor Book – Mirandy and Brother Wind , illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Patricia C. McKissack

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1988

  • Medal Winner – Owl Moon , illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen
  • Honor Book – Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

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1987

  • Medal Winner – Hey, Al , illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks
  • Honor Book – The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi
  • Honor Book – Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald
  • Honor Book – Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

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1986

  • Medal Winner – The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Honor Book – The Relatives Came , illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Cynthia Rylant
  • Honor Book – King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub , illustrated by Don Wood; text: Audrey Wood

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1985

  • Medal Winner – Saint George and the Dragon , illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges
  • Honor Book – Hansel and Gretel , illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text: retold by Rika Lesser
  • Honor Book – Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
  • Honor Book – The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend , retold and illustrated by John Steptoe

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1984

  • Medal Winner – The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen
  • Honor Book – Little Red Riding Hood , retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Honor Book – Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

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1983

  • Medal Winner – Shadow , translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; Original text in French: Blaise Cendrars
  • Honor Book – A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Honor Book – When I Was Young in the Mountains , illustrated by Diane Goode; text: Cynthia Rylant

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1982

  • Medal Winner – Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Honor Book – Where the Buffaloes Begin , illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Olaf Baker
  • Honor Book – On Market Street , illustrated by Anita Lobel; text: Arnold Lobel
  • Honor Book – Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
  • Honor Book – A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers , illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen; text: Nancy Willard

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1981

  • Medal Winner – Fables by Arnold Lobel
  • Honor Book – The Bremen-Town Musicians , retold and illustrated by Ilse Plume
  • Honor Book – The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
  • Honor Book – Mice Twice by Joseph Low
  • Honor Book – Truck by Donald Crews

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1980

  • Medal Winner – Ox-Cart Man , illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall
  • Honor Book – Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
  • Honor Book – The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Honor Book – The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

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1979

  • Medal Winner – The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  • Honor Book – Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Honor Book – The Way to Start a Day , illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor

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1978

  • Medal Winner – Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
  • Honor Book – Castle by David Macaulay
  • Honor Book – It Could Always Be Worse , retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach

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1977

  • Medal Winner – Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions , illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove
  • Honor Book – The Amazing Bone by William Steig
  • Honor Book – The Contest , retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
  • Honor Book – Fish for Supper by M. B. Goffstein
  • Honor Book – The Golem: A Jewish Legend by Beverly Brodsky McDermott
  • Honor Book – Hawk, I’m Your Brother , illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor

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1976

  • Medal Winner – Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears , illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema
  • Honor Book – The Desert is Theirs , illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor
  • Honor Book – Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

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1975

  • Medal Winner – Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
  • Honor Book – Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book , illustrated by Tom Feelings; text: Muriel Feelings

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1974

  • Medal Winner – Duffy and the Devil , illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach
  • Honor Book – Three Jovial Huntsmen by Susan Jeffers
  • Honor Book – Cathedral by David Macaulay

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1973

  • Medal Winner – The Funny Little Woman , illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel
  • Honor Book – Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti , adapted and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
  • Honor Book – Hosie’s Alphabet , illustrated by Leonard Baskin; text: Hosea, Tobias & Lisa Baskin
  • Honor Book – Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs , illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert; text: translated by Randall Jarrell, retold from the Brothers Grimm
  • Honor Book – When Clay Sings , illustrated by Tom Bahti; text: Byrd Baylor

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1972

  • Medal Winner – One Fine Day , retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
  • Honor Book – Hildilid’s Night , illustrated by Arnold Lobel; text: Cheli Durán Ryan
  • Honor Book – If All the Seas Were One Sea by Janina Domanska
  • Honor Book – Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book , illustrated by Tom Feelings; text: Muriel Feelings

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1971

  • Medal Winner – A Story A Story , retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
  • Honor Book – The Angry Moon , illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by William Sleator
  • Honor Book – Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Honor Book – In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

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1970

  • Medal Winner – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
  • Honor Book – Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Honor Book – Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
  • Honor Book – Pop Corn & Ma Goodness , illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker; text: Edna Mitchell Preston
  • Honor Book – Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
  • Honor Book – The Judge: An Untrue Tale , illustrated by Margot Zemach; text: Harve Zemach

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1969

  • Medal Winner – The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship , illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome
  • Honor Book – Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky , illustrated by Blair Lent; text: Elphinstone Dayrell

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1968

  • Medal Winner – Drummer Hoff , illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley
  • Honor Book – Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Honor Book – Seashore Story by Taro Yashima
  • Honor Book – The Emperor and the Kite , illustrated by Ed Young; text: Jane Yolen

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1967

  • Medal Winner – Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness
  • Honor Book – One Wide River to Cross , illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley

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1966

  • Medal Winner – Always Room for One More , illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger]
  • Honor Book – Hide and Seek Fog , illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt
  • Honor Book – Just Me by Marie Hall Ets
  • Honor Book – Tom Tit Tot , retold and illustrated by Evaline Ness

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1965

  • Medal Winner – May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
  • Honor Book – Rain Makes Applesauce , illustrated by Marvin Bileck; text: Julian Scheer
  • Honor Book – The Wave , illustrated by Blair Lent; text: Margaret Hodges
  • Honor Book – A Pocketful of Cricket , illustrated by Evaline Ness; text: Rebecca Caudill

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1964

  • Medal Winner – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Honor Book – Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Honor Book – All in the Morning Early , illustrated by Evaline Ness; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclaire Alger]
  • Honor Book – Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes , illustrated by Philip Reed

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1963

  • Medal Winner – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Honor Book – The Sun is a Golden Earring , illustrated by Bernarda Bryson; text: Natalia M. Belting
  • Honor Book – Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present , illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Charlotte Zolotow

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1962

  • Medal Winner – Once a Mouse , retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – Fox Went out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song by Peter Spier
  • Honor Book – Little Bear’s Visit , illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Else H. Minarik
  • Honor Book – The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up , illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text: Alice E. Goudey

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1961

  • Medal Winner – Baboushka and the Three Kings , illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus)
  • Honor Book – Inch by Inch , by Leo Lionni

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1960

  • Medal Winner – Nine Days to Christmas , illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
  • Honor Book – Houses from the Sea , illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text: Alice E. Goudey
  • Honor Book – The Moon Jumpers , illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Janice May Udry

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1959

  • Medal Winner – Chanticleer and the Fox , illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney
  • Honor Book – The House that Jack Built: La Maison Que Jacques A Batie by Antonio Frasconi
  • Honor Book – What Do You Say, Dear? illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Sesyle Joslin
  • Honor Book – Umbrella by Taro Yashima

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1958

  • Medal Winner – Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
  • Honor Book – Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman
  • Honor Book – Anatole and the Cat , illustrated by Paul Galdone; text: Eve Titus

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1957

  • Medal Winner – A Tree is Nice , illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry
  • Honor Book – Mr. Penny’s Race Horse by Marie Hall Ets
  • Honor Book – 1 is One by Tasha Tudor
  • Honor Book – Anatole , illustrated by Paul Galdone; text: Eve Titus
  • Honor Book – Gillespie and the Guards , illustrated by James Daugherty; text: Benjamin Elkin
  • Honor Book – Lion by William Pène du Bois

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1956

  • Medal Winner – Frog Went A-Courtin’ , illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff
  • Honor Book – Play With Me , by Marie Hall Ets
  • Honor Book – Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

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1955

  • Medal Winner – – Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper , illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes , illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Honor Book – Wheel On The Chimney , illustrated by Tibor Gergely; text: Margaret Wise Brown
  • Honor Book – The Thanksgiving Story , illustrated by Helen Sewell; text: Alice Dalgliesh

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1954

  • Medal Winner – Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Honor Book – Journey Cake, Ho! illustrated by Robert McCloskey; text: Ruth Sawyer
  • Honor Book – When Will the World Be Mine? illustrated by Jean Charlot; text: Miriam Schlein
  • Honor Book – The Steadfast Tin Soldier , illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: Hans Christian Andersen, translated by M. R. James
  • Honor Book – A Very Special House , illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Ruth Krauss
  • Honor Book – Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum

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1953

  • Medal Winner – The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
  • Honor Book – Puss in Boots , illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
  • Honor Book – Ape in a Cape: An Alphabet of Odd Animals by Fritz Eichenberg
  • Honor Book – The Storm Book , illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text: Charlotte Zolotow
  • Honor Book – Five Little Monkeys by Juliet Kepes

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1952

  • Medal Winner – Finders Keepers , illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]
  • Honor Book – Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo by Marie Hall Ets
  • Honor Book – Skipper John’s Cook by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – All Falling Down , illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text: Gene Zion
  • Honor Book – Bear Party by William Pène du Bois
  • Honor Book – Feather Mountain by Elizabeth Olds

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1951

  • Medal Winner – The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
  • Honor Book – Dick Whittington and his Cat by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – The Two Reds , ill. by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]
  • Honor Book – If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]
  • Honor Book – The Most Wonderful Doll in the World , illustrated by Helen Stone; text: Phyllis McGinley
  • Honor Book – T-Bone, the Baby Sitter by Clare Turlay Newberry

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1950

  • Medal Winner – Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
  • Honor Book – America’s Ethan Allen , illustrated by Lynd Ward; text: Stewart Holbrook
  • Honor Book – The Wild Birthday Cake , illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text: Lavinia R. Davis
  • Honor Book – The Happy Day , illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Ruth Krauss
  • Honor Book – Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]
  • Honor Book – Henry Fisherman by Marcia Brown

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1949

  • Medal Winner – The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader
  • Honor Book – Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Honor Book – All Around the Town , illustrated by Helen Stone; text: Phyllis McGinley
  • Honor Book – Juanita by Leo Politi
  • Honor Book – Fish in the Air by Kurt Wiese

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1948

  • Medal Winner – White Snow, Bright Snow , illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt
  • Honor Book – Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  • Honor Book – McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]
  • Honor Book – Bambino the Clown by Georges Schreiber
  • Honor Book – Roger and the Fox , illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text: Lavinia R. Davis
  • Honor Book – Song of Robin Hood , illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton; text: edited by Anne Malcolmson

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1947

  • Medal Winner – The Little Island , illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]
  • Honor Book – Rain Drop Splash , illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Alvin Tresselt
  • Honor Book – Boats on the River , illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum; text: Marjorie Flack
  • Honor Book – Timothy Turtle , illustrated by Tony Palazzo; text: Al Graham
  • Honor Book – Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi
  • Honor Book – Sing in Praise: A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns , illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; text: selected by Opal Wheeler

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1946

  • Medal Winner – The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham
  • Honor Book – Little Lost Lamb , illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]
  • Honor Book – Sing Mother Goose , illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; music: Opal Wheeler
  • Honor Book – My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World , illustrated by Ruth Gannett; text: Becky Reyher
  • Honor Book – You Can Write Chinese by Kurt Wiese

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1945

  • Medal Winner – Prayer for a Child , illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field
  • Honor Book – Mother Goose , illustrated by Tasha Tudor
  • Honor Book – In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets
  • Honor Book – Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Honor Book – The Christmas Anna Angel , illustrated by Kate Seredy; text: Ruth Sawyer

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1944

  • Medal Winner – Many Moons , illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber
  • Honor Book – Small Rain: Verses From The Bible , illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: selected by Jessie Orton Jones
  • Honor Book – Pierre Pidgeon , illustrated by Arnold E. Bare; text: Lee Kingman
  • Honor Book – The Mighty Hunter by Berta & Elmer Hader
  • Honor Book – A Child’s Good Night Book , illustrated by Jean Charlot; text: Margaret Wise Brown
  • Honor Book – Good-Luck Horse , illustrated by Plato Chan; text: Chih-Yi Chan

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1943

  • Medal Winner – The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Honor Book – Dash and Dart by Mary & Conrad Buff
  • Honor Book – Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry

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1942

  • Medal Winner – Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Honor Book – An American ABC by Maud & Miska Petersham
  • Honor Book – In My Mother’s House , illustrating by Velino Herrera; text: Ann Nolan Clark
  • Honor Book – Paddle-To-The-Sea by Holling C. Holling
  • Honor Book – Nothing At All , by Wanda Gág

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1941

  • Medal Winner – They Were Strong and Good , by Robert Lawson
  • Honor Book – April’s Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry

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1940

  • Medal Winner – Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • Honor Book – Cock-a-Doodle Doo by Berta & Elmer Hader
  • Honor Book – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Honor Book – The Ageless Story by Lauren Ford

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1939

  • Medal Winner – Mei Li by Thomas Handforth
  • Honor Book – Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
  • Honor Book – Barkis by Clare Turlay Newberry
  • Honor Book – The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer
  • Honor Book – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gág
  • Honor Book – Wee Gillis , illustrated by Robert Lawson; text: Munro Leaf

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1938

  • Medal Winner – Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book , illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish
  • Honor Book – Four and Twenty Blackbirds , illustrated by Robert Lawson; text: compiled by Helen Dean Fish
  • Honor Book – Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale , retold and illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

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