Caldecott Medal Winners
Caldecott Medal Winners

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
published October 20, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl!

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took...READ MORE

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
published April 8, 2014
Starred Reviews:
Star ImageSchool Library Journal  

Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal

This magical story begins on an island far away where 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...READ MORE

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Locomotive
by Brian Floca
published September 3, 2013
Starred Reviews:
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The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning(BooklistMoonshot.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together...

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This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
published October 9, 2012
Starred Reviews:
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WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL!

From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Backcomes a second wry tale.


When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s...READ MORE

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead
illustrated by Erin E. Stead
published May 25, 2010
Starred Reviews:
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The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at...READ MORE

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A Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
published May 10, 2011
Starred Reviews:
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Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is...READ MORE

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The Lion & the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
published September 1, 2009
Starred Reviews:
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In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a...READ MORE

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The House in the Night
by Susan Marie Swanson
illustrated by Beth Krommes
published May 5, 2008
Starred Reviews:
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2009 Caldecott Medal Winner

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this Caldecott Medal-winning 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...READ MORE

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
published January 30, 2007
Starred Reviews:
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover...READ MORE

Flotsam
by David Wiesner
published September 4, 2006
Starred Reviews:
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A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam - anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater...READ MORE

The Hello, Goodbye Window
by Norton Juster
illustrated by Chris Raschka
published April 26, 2005
Starred Reviews:
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This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. 
The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage...READ MORE

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