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Caldecott Award Winners

This annual award honors the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children." Treat your child to these eye-pleasing books that are perfect for reading together.


2009 — The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Black and white illustrations accented in gold illuminate the simple text of this cumulative tale. Learn more.

2008 — The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Selznick combines elements of picture books, graphic novels, and films in his story of Hugo's undercover life in a busy Paris train station. Learn more.

2007 — Flotsam by David Wiesner 
This wordless tale of a curious boy exploring underwater wonders features carefully rendered, imaginative details on each gorgeous page. Learn more.

2006 — The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Perfectly encapsulating the relationship between a grandchild and grandparents, the illustrations in this tale about a magical gateway are nothing short of enchanting. Learn more.

2005 — Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Cast a wondrous spell over your prereader with this black-and-white illustrated tale of a kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. Learn more.

2004 — The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
Readers young and old will be on the edge of their seats with this daring, dazzling look at the aerialist who danced on a tight rope between the Twin Towers in 1974. Learn more.

2003 — My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Delight your child with this tribute to teamwork that begins when animal friends strand their toy airplane in a tree. Learn more.

2002 — The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
An extraordinary look at what happens when the wolf blows the pigs right out of the story — and into a fantasy world of their own. Learn more.

2001 — So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small
Meet the motley group of men who made it to the Oval Office in this tongue-in-cheek book that proves your child can do it too! Learn more.

2000 — Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Watch how a coat evolves in an imaginative story that utilizes collage and die-cut illustrations. Learn more.

1999 — Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
Discover the life of a snowflake scientist in this stunning look at nature's marvels. Learn more.

1998 — Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
Sweep your child back in time with an extravagant, Renaissance-style retelling of the classic tale. Learn more.

1997 — Golem by David Wisniewski
The drama of this Jewish legend comes to life in cut-paper collage illustrations in stark, neutral tones. Learn more.

1996 — Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
A laugh-out-loud book about the world's most boring police officer and his hilarious dog. Learn more.

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