The Randolph Caldecott Medal is the most prestigious award in the United States for children's picture book illustration. In the past, the award has recognized illustrators of traditional picture books. However, the 2008 Caldecott Medal recognized a very special novel for tweens and teens.
The 2008 Caldecott MedalBrian Selznick received the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which he also wrote (.) The book was published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic. According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),
- "From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns."
The 2008 Caldecott Honor Books
- Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine, and published by Scholastic (.)
- First the Egg, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, published by Roaring Brook/Neal Porter (.)
- The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, written and illustrated by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster) (.)
- Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written and illustrated by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion (.)