I began this list in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration, first awarded in 1938. Although 75th anniversary is over, I decided to continue to add to my list of all of the Randolph Caldecott Medal winners because so many people have said they find it helpful. The Caldecott 75th anniversary logo, which pays homage to a number of classic children's books, was designed by Brian Selznick, the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. If you are looking for a list of excellent children's picture books, many of which have become classics, check out the list of Caldecott Medal winners below:
2014: Locomotive by Brian Floca, published in 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book is also on my personal list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2013. For more information, read The 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2013: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, published in 2012 by Candlewick Press. The book is also on my personal list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012. For more information, read The 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2012: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc. For more information, read the review of A Ball for Daisy and The 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead; published in 2010 by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Read all about The 2011 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books and read my book review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
2010: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, published in 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. For more information, read Artist Jerry Pinkney and His Children's Picture Books, The Lion & the Mouse book review and The 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2009: The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson; published in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company. For details, read the book review of The House in the Night and The 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, published in 2007 by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic. For more about the book and the movie version, see The Invention of Hugo Cabret book review, The Hugo Movie Companion book review, Hugo Movie Review for Parent and The 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books.
2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster; published in 2005 by Michael di Capua/Hyperion. To learn more, read the review of The Hello, Goodbye Window.
2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, published in 2004 by Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, published in 2003 by Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press. For more about the book and the author/illustrator, read the book review of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
2003: My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann, published in 2002 by Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press
2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner, published in 2001 by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin
2001: So You Want to Be President?, illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George; published in 2000 by Philomel Books
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, published in 1999 by Viking. For more about the book and its inspiration, read the book review of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
1999: Snowflake Bentley, illustrated by Mary Azarian, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; published in 1998 by Houghton
1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky, published in 1997 by Dutton
1997: Golem by David Wisniewski, published in 1996 by Clarion
1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, published in 1995 by Putnam. For more about this very funny book, read the book review of Officer Buckle and Gloria.
1995: Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Eve Bunting; published in 1994 by Harcourt
1994: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say, text: edited by Walter Lorraine; published in 1993 by Houghton
1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully, published in 1992 by Putnam
1992: Tuesday, by David Wiesner, published in 1991 by Clarion Books
1991: Black and White by David Macaulay, published in 1990 by Houghton
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young, published in 1989 by Philomel
1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell, written by Karen Ackerman; published in 1988 by Knopf
1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr, written by Jane Yolen; published in 1987 by Philomel. Owl Moon is one of the books featured in my article on Children's Books About Winter and Snow.
1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski, written by Arthur Yorink; published in 1986 by Farrar
1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, published in 1985 by Houghton. Read my book review of The Polar Express.
1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, story retold by Margaret Hodges; published in 1984 by Little, Brown
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen, published in 1983 by Viking
1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown, original text in French: Blaise Cendrars; published in 1982 by Scribner
1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg, published in 1981 by Houghton
1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel, published in 1980 by Harper
1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, written by Donald Hall; published in 1979 by Viking
1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble, published in 1978 by Bradbury
1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier, published in 1977 by Doubleday
1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, written by Margaret Musgrove; published in 1976 by Dial
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, retold by Verna Aardema; published in 1975 by Dial
1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott, published in 1974 by Viking
1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach, retold by Harve Zemach; published in 1973 by Farrar
1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent, retold by Arlene Mosel; published in 1972 by Dutton
1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; published in 1971 by Macmillan
1971: A Story A Story retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley; published in 1970 by Atheneum
1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, published in 1969 byWindmill Books
1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, retold by Arthur Ransome; published in 1968 by Farrar
1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley, story adapted by Barbara Emberley; published in 1967 by Prentice-Hall
1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness, published in 1966 by Holt
1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger]; published in 1965 by Holt
1965: May I Bring a Friend? , illustrated by Beni Montresor, written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers; published in 1964 by Atheneum
1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown; published in 1961 by Scribner
1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov, written by Ruth Robbins; published in 1960 byParnassus
1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets, written by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida; published in 1959 by Viking
1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney; published in 1958 byCrowell
1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey; published in 1957 by Viking
1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont, written by Janice Udry; published in 1956 by Harper
1956: Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, retold by John Langstaff; published in 1955 byHarcourt
1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown, translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown; published in 1954 by Scribner
1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans, published in 1953 by Viking
1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward, published in 1952 by Houghton
1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud.; published in 1951 by Nicholas Mordvinoff; written by Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]; published in 1951 by Harcourt
1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, published in 1950 by Scribner
1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi, published in 1949 by Scribner
1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader, published in 1948 by Macmillan
1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, written by Alvin Tresselt; published in 1947 by Lothrop
1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; written by Golden MacDonald, pseudonym of Margaret Wise Brown; published in 1946 by Doubleday
1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham, published in 1945 by Macmillan
1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones, written by Rachel Field; published in 1944 by Macmillan
1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, written by James Thurber; published in 1943 by Harcourt
1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, published in 1942 by Houghton. Read the book review of The Little House, which includes an overview of the 70th anniversary edition of the beloved classic.
1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, published in 1941 by Viking
1941: They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson, published in 1940 by Viking
1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, published in 1939 by Doubleday
1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth, published in 1938 by Doubleday
1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop, text selected by Helen Dean Fish; published in 1937 by Lippincott