Definition: The name "Madeline" refers to the main character in a series of delightful children's picture books by Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book, Madeline, was published in 1939 and was named a Caldecott Honor Book for the quality of its illustrations. Bemelmans was awarded an even higher honor, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, for Madeline's Rescue, his second book about the feisty young girl who lives in Paris, France. The other Madeline books by Bemelmans are Madeline's Christmas, Madeline and the Bad Hat,
Madeline and the Gypsies and Madeline in London. Bemelmans' Madeline books have become classics. The humorous rhyming stories and the illustrations, which create a strong sense of place, have entertained young children for more than 70 years.
Common Misspellings: Madaline, Madeleine, Madaleine