Caldecott Challenge

Read all about my goal to read all of the Caldecott books from 1938 to the present, including both medal and honor recipients, here.

Catch up on my progress through my periodic summaries.


Completed Years

1930s: 19381939     

1940s: 19401941194219431944, 19451946, 1947, 1948, 1949

1950s: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959





2000s:  2004

2010s:  2013, 2014, 2015


Books I have enjoyed and recommend:


  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by Wanda Gág (1938 Honor notable for the pictures, not so much the story)
  • The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer (1938 Honor – notable for the pictures, not so much the story)


  • MadelineLudwig Bemelmans (1940 Honor)
  • April’s Kittens, by Clare Newberry (1941 Honor)
  • Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey (1942 Medal)
  • Nothing at All, by Wanda Gág (1942 Honor)
  • The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton (1943 Medal)
  • Marshmallow, by Clare Turlay Newberry (1943 Honor)
  • Many Moonsillustrated Louis Slobodkin and written by James Thurber (1944 Medal)
  • Timothy Turtle, illustrated by Tony Palazzo and written by Al Graham (1947 Honor)
  • White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin and written by Alvin Tresselt (1948 Medal)
  • Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown (1948 Honor)
  • McElligot’s Pool, by Dr. Suess (1948 Honor)
  • Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey (1949 Honor)


  • Bartholomew and Oobleck, by Dr. Suess (1950 Honor)
  • T-Bone, the Baby Sitter, by Clare Turlay Newberry (1951 Honor)
  • If I Ran the Zoo, by Dr. Suess (1951 Honor)
  • All Falling Down, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham and written by Gene Zion (1952 Honor)
  • The Storm Book, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham and written by Charlotte Zolotow (1953 Honor)
  • One Morning in Maine, by Robert McCloskey (1953 Honor)
  • Ape in A Cape, by Fritz Eichenberg (1953 Honor)
  • Green Eyes, by Abe Birnbaum (1954 Honor)
  • Anatole, illustrated by Paul Galdone and written by Eve Titus (1957 Honor)
  • A Tree is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont, and written by Janice Udry (1957 Medal)





  • Tuesday, by David Weisner (1992 Medal)
  • Mirette on the High Wire, by Emily Arnold McCully (1993 Medal)
  • The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (1993 Honor)
  • Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say (1994 Medal)
  • Owen, by Kevin Henkes (1994 Honor)
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann (1996 Medal)
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Simms Taback (1998 Honor)
  • No, David!, by David Shannon (1999 Honor)


  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback (2000 Medal)
  • Sector 7, David Wiesner (2000 Honor)
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, illustrated by Betsy Lewin and written by Doreen Cronin (2001 Honor)
  • Olivia, by Ian Falconer (2001 Honor)
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordacai Gerstein (2004 Medal)
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems (2004 Honor)
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes (2005 Medal)
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems (2005 Honor)
  • Flotsam, by David Weisner (2007 Medal)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (2008 Medal)
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, by Mo Willems (2008 Honor)
  • The House in the Night, by Beth Krommes (2009 Medal)
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, by Marla Frazee (2009 Honor)


  • Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Pena (2016 Honor)
  • Waiting, by Kevin Henkes (2016 Honor)
  • The Adventures of Beekle, by Dan Santat (2015 Medal)
  • Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo (2015 Honor)
  • Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales (2015 Honor)
  • Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle (2014 Honor)
  • Journey, by Aaron Becker (2014 Honor)
  • This is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen (2013 Medal)
  • Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett (2013 Honor)
  • Green, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2012 Honor)
  • Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue (2012 Honor)
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Phillip C. Stead (2011 Medal)
  • Me, Jane, by Patrick McDonnell (2012 Honor)
  • Blackout, by John Rocco (2012 Honor)

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