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Excerpted from the American Library Association site:

Awarded annually by the Children's and School Librarians Sections of the American Library Association to the artist who has created the most distinguished picture book of the year; named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott

The Caldecott Medal "shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award shall go to the artist, who must be a citizen or resident of the United States, whether or not he be the author of the text. Members of the Newbery Medal Committee will serve as judges…”

From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books were referred to as Newbery or Caldecott "runners-up." In 1971 the term "runners-up" was changed to "honor books." The new terminology was made retroactive so that all former runners-up are now referred to as Newbery or Caldecott Honor Books.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present
indicates writer/illustrator

  2006 The Hello, Goodbye Window illustration by Chris Raschka; text by Norton Juster
(Michael di Capua/Hyperion)
2005 Kitten's First Full Moon text/illustration by Kevin Henkes
(Greenwillow /HarperCollins)
2004 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers text/illustration by Mordicai Gerstein
(Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
2003 My Friend Rabbit text/illustration by Eric Rohmann
(Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
2002 The Three Pigs text/illustration by David Wiesner
(Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
  2001 So You Want to Be President illustration by David Small, text by Judith St. George
(Philomel Books)
2000 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat text/illustration by Simms Taback
(Viking)
  1999 Snowflake Bentley illustration by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
(Houghton)
1998 Rapunzel text/illustration by Paul O. Zelinsky
(Dutton)
1997 Golem text/illustration by David Wisniewski
(Clarion)
1996 Officer Buckle and Gloria text/illustration by Peggy Rathmann
(Putnam)
  1995 Smoky Night illustration by David Diaz; text by Eve Bunting
(Harcourt)
  1994 Grandfather's Journey illustration by Allen Say; text edited by Walter Lorraine
(Houghton)
1993 Mirette on the High Wire text/illustration by Emily Arnold McCully
(Putnam)
1992 Tuesday text/illustration by David Wiesner
(Clarion Books)
1991 Black and White text/illustration by David Macaulay
(Houghton)
1990 Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China text/illustration by Ed Young
(Philomel)
  1989 Song and Dance Man illustration by Stephen Gammell; text by Karen Ackerman
(Knopf)
  1988 Owl Moon illustration by John Schoenherr; text by Jane Yolen
(Philomel)
  1987 Hey, Al illustration by Richard Egielski; text by Arthur Yorinks
(Farrar)
1986 The Polar Express text/illustration by Chris Van Allsburg
(Houghton)
  1985 Saint George and the Dragon illustration by Trina Schart Hyman; text retold by Margaret Hodges
(Little, Brown)
1984 The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot text/illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen
(Viking)
  1983 Shadow translation/illustration by Marcia Brown; original text in French by Blaise Cendrars
(Scribner)
1982 Jumanji text/illustration by Chris Van Allsburg
(Houghton)
1981 Fables text/illustration by Arnold Lobel
(Harper)
  1980 Ox-Cart Man illustration by Barbara Cooney; text by Donald Hall
(Viking)
1979 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses text/illustration by Paul Goble
(Bradbury)
1978 Noah's Ark text/illustration by Peter Spier
(Doubleday)
  1977 Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions illustration by Leo & Diane Dillon; text by Margaret Musgrove
(Dial)
  1976 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears illustration by Leo & Diane Dillon; text by retold by Verna Aardema
(Dial)
1975 Arrow to the Sun text/illustration by Gerald McDermott
(Viking)
  1974 Duffy and the Devil illustration by Margot Zemach; text retold by Harve Zemach
(Farrar)
  1973 The Funny Little Woman illustration by Blair Lent; text retold by Arlene Mosel
(Dutton)
1972 One Fine Day text/ illustration by Nonny Hogrogian
(Macmillan)
1971 A Story A Story text/ illustration by Gail E. Haley
(Atheneum)
1970 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble text/illustration by William Steig
(Windmill Books)
  1969 The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship illustration by Uri Shulevitz; text retold by Arthur Ransome
(Farrar)
  1968 Drummer Hoff illustration by Ed Emberley; text adapted by Barbara Emberley
(Prentice-Hall)
1967 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine text/illustration by Evaline Ness
(Holt)
  1966 Always Room for One More illustration by Nonny Hogrogian; text by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger]
(Holt)
  1965 May I Bring a Friend? illustration by Beni Montresor; text by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
(Atheneum)
1964 Where the Wild Things Are text/illustration by Maurice Sendak
(Harper)
1963 The Snowy Day text/illustration by Ezra Jack Keats
(Viking)
1962 Once a Mouse text/illustration by Marcia Brown
(Scribner)
  1961 Baboushka and the Three Kings illustration by Nicolas Sidjakov; text by Ruth Robbins
(Parnassus)
  1960 Nine Days to Christmas illustration by Marie Hall Ets; text by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
(Viking)
  1959 Chanticleer and the Fox illustration by Barbara Cooney; text adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney
(Crowell)
1958 Time of Wonder text/illustration by Robert McCloskey
(Viking)
  1957 A Tree Is Nice illustration by Marc Simont; text by Janice Udry
(Harper)
  1956 Frog Went A-Courtin' illustration by Feodor Rojankovsky; retold by John Langstaff) (Harcourt)
1955 Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper illustration by Marcia Brown; text by translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown
(Scribner)
1954 Madeline's Rescue text/illustration by Ludwig Bemelmans
(Viking)
1953 The Biggest Bear text/illustration by Lynd Ward
(Houghton)
  1952 Finders Keepers illustration by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text by Will, pseud. [William Lipkind]
(Harcourt)
1951 The Egg Tree text/illustration by Katherine Milhous
(Scribner)
1950 Song of the Swallows text/illustration by Leo Politi
(Scribner)
1949 The Big Snow text/illustration by Berta & Elmer Hader
(Macmillan)
  1948 White Snow, Bright Snow illustration by Roger Duvoisin; text by Alvin Tresselt
(Lothrop)
  1947 The Little Island illustration by Leonard Weisgard; text by Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]
(Doubleday)
1946 The Rooster Crows text/illustration by Maude & Miska Petersham
(Macmillan)
  1945 Prayer for a Child illustration by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text by Rachel Field
(Macmillan)
  1944 Many Moons illustration by Louis Slobodkin; text by James Thurber
(Harcourt)
1943 The Little House text/illustration by Virginia Lee Burton
(Houghton)
1942 Make Way for Ducklings text/illustration by Robert McCloskey
(Viking)
1941 They Were Strong and Good text/illustration by Robert Lawson
(Viking)
1940 Abraham Lincoln text/illustration by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
(Doubleday)
1939 Mei Li text/illustration by Thomas Handforth
(Doubleday)
  1938 Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book illustration by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text selected by Helen Dean Fish
(Lippincott)

 

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