The Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book

Winners and Honor Books, 1990-present

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

See Caldecott winners, 1938-1989

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2012
A Ball for Daisy

Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy (hardcover | Kindle book) by Chris Raschka

Honor Books

Blackout by John Rocco
Grandpa Green (Hardcover | Kindle book) by Lane Smith
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

2011
A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Caldecott Medal Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
illustrated by Erin Stead, written by Philip Christian Stead

Honor Books

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Dave the Potter illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
2010
The Lion & the Mouse

Caldecott Medal Winner

The Lion & the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney

Honor Books

All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon
Red Sings from the Treetops illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman
2009
The House in the Night

Caldecott Medal Winner

The House in the Night
illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

Honor Books

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever illustrated and written by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
2008
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Caldecott Medal Winner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Honor Books

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
First the Egg written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain written and illustrated by Peter Sís
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity written and illustrated by Mo Willems
2007
Flotsam

Caldecott Medal Winner

Flotsam
illustrated by David Wiesner

Honor Books

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet written and illustrated by David McLimans
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
2006
The Hello, Goodbye Window

Caldecott Medal Winner

The Hello, Goodbye Window
illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster

Honor Books

Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni
Zen Shorts written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman
2005
Kitten's First Full Moon

Caldecott Medal Winner

Kitten's First Full Moon
illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes

Honor Books

The Red Book illustrated and written by Barbara Lehman
Coming On Home Soon illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson
The Voice That Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman
Knuffle Bunny illustrated and written by Mo Willems
2004
The Man Who Walked Between The Towers

Caldecott Medal Winner

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers
illustrated and written by Mordicai Gerstein

Honor Books

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? illustrated by Steve Jenkins, written by Robin Page
Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus! illustrated and written by Mo Willems
2003
My Friend Rabbit

Caldecott Medal Winner

My Friend Rabbit
illustrated and written by Eric Rohmann

Honor Books

The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Hondo & Fabian illustrated and written Peter McCarty
Noah's Ark illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney
2002
The Three Pigs

Caldecott Medal Winner

The Three Pigs
illustrated and written by David Wiesner

Honor Books

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Bryan Collier
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins illustrated by Brian Selznick
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
2001
So You Want to Be President?

Caldecott Medal Winner

So You Want to Be President?
illustrated by David Small

Honor Books

Casey at the Bat illustrated by Christopher Bing
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Olivia illustrated and written by Ian Falconer
2000
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Caldecott Medal Winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback

Honor Books

Sector 7 illustrated and written by David Wiesner
The Ugly Duckling illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
A Child's Calendar illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... illustrated and written by Molly Garrett Bang
1999
Snowflake Bentley

Caldecott Medal Winner

Snowflake Bentley
illustrated by Mary Azarian

Honor Books

No, David! illustrated and written by David Shannon
Snow illustrated and written by Uri Shulevitz
Tibet: Through the Red Box illustrated and written by Peter Sís
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney
1998
Rapunzel

Caldecott Medal Winner

Rapunzel
illustrated and written by Paul O. Zelinsky

Honor Books

The Gardener illustrated and written by Sarah Stewart
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly illustrated and written by Simms Taback
Harlem: A Poem illustrated and written by Walter Dean Myers
1997
Golem

Caldecott Medal Winner

Golem
by David Wisniewski

Honor Books

The Graphic Alphabet written and illustrated by David Pelletier
Hush! A Thai Lullaby illustrated and written by Minfong Ho
The Paperboy illustrated and written by Dav Pilkey
Starry Messenger illustrated and written by Peter Sís
1996
Officer Buckle and Gloria

Caldecott Medal Winner

Officer Buckle and Gloria
illustrated and written by Peggy Rathmann

Honor Books

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin illustrated and written by Lloyd Moss
Alphabet City illustrated and written by Stephen T. Johnson
The Faithful Friend illustrated and written by Robert San Souci
1995
Smoky Night

Caldecott Medal Winner

Smoky Night illustrated by David Diaz, written by Eve Bunting


Honor Books

Swamp Angel illustrated and written by Anne Isaacs
Time Flies illustrated and written by Eric Rohmann
John Henry illustrated by Jerry Pickney, written by Julius Lester
1994
Grandfather's Journey

Caldecott Medal Winner

Grandfather's Journey
illustrated and written by Allen Say

Honor Books

Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone and Ted Lewin
In the Small, Small Pond illustrated and written by Denise Fleming
Owen illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
Raven illustrated and written by Gerald McDermott
Yo! Yes? illustrated and written by Chris Raschka
1993
Mirette on the High Wire

Caldecott Medal Winner

Mirette on the High Wire
illustrated and written by Emily McCully

Honor Books

Working Cotton illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Sherley Anne Williams
Seven Blind Mice illustrated and written by Ed Young
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales illustrated by Lane Smith, written by Jon Scieszka
1992
Tuesday

Caldecott Medal Winner

Tuesday
illustrated and written by David Wiesner

Honor Books

Tar Beach illustrated and written by Faith Ringgold
1991
Black and White

Caldecott Medal Winner

Black & White
illustrated and written by David Macaulay

Honor Books

More More More Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories illustrated and written by Vera B. Williams
Puss in Boots illustrated by Fred Marcellino, written by Charles Perrault, translated by Malcolm Arthur
1990
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Story from China

Caldecott Medal Winner

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Story from China
illustrated and translated by Ed Young

Honor Books

Bill Peet: An Autobiography illustrated and written by Bill Peet
Color Zoo illustrated and written by Lois Ehlert
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, written by Eric Kimmel
The Talking Eggs illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Robert D. San Souci