Caldecott Medal

annual award for illustrating a children's picture book published in the U.S.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are the most prestigious American children's book awards. Beside the Caldecott Medal, the committee awards a variable number of citations to worthy runners-up, called the Caldecott Honors or Caldecott Honor Books. The "Honor" was introduced in 1971, but some runners-up had been identified annually and all those runners-up were retroactively named Caldecott Honor Books. The number of Honors or runners-up had always been one to five, and it had been two to four since 1994, until five were named in 2013 and six in 2015. The Honor Books must be a subset of the runners-up on the final ballot, either the leading runners-up on that ballot or the leaders on one further ballot that excludes the winner.
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award received: Caldecott Medal

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Author

Chris Van Allsburg cover

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Chris Van Allsburg

US children's writer and illustrator

works

20

The Polar Express

1985 Chris Van Allsburg children's book

author: Chris Van Allsburg
illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

1985

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

book by Chris Van Allsburg

author: Chris Van Allsburg
illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

1984

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

book by Chris Van Allsburg

author: Chris Van Allsburg
illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

1979

Jumanji

children's book by Chris Van Allsburg

author: Chris Van Allsburg
illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

1981

A City in Winter

novel

author: Mark Helprin
illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

1996

Author

Maurice Sendak

American illustrator and writer of children's books

works

17

Where the Wild Things Are

1963 children's picture book by Maurice Sendak

author: Maurice Sendak
illustrator: Maurice Sendak

1963

Kenny's Window

book by Maurice Sendak

author: Maurice Sendak

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

book by Charlotte Zolotow

author: Charlotte Zolotow
illustrator: Maurice Sendak

1962

The Animal Family

book by Randall Jarrell

author: Randall Jarrell
illustrator: Maurice Sendak

1965

Author

Kevin Henkes cover

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Kevin Henkes

American children's illustrator and writer

Author

Robert McCloskey

children's book author and illustrator from the United States

Author

David Macaulay cover

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David Macaulay

American illustrator

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