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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Maurice Sendak

American illustrator and writer of children's books



Where the Wild Things Are

1963 children's picture book by Maurice Sendak

author: Maurice Sendak
illustrator: Maurice Sendak


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


The Animal Family

book by Randall Jarrell

author: Randall Jarrell
illustrator: Maurice Sendak



Ludwig Bemelmans

Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children's books




1939 childrens' book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline's Rescue

book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans


Madeline and the Gypsies

book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline in London

illustrated children's novel by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans


Madeline's Christmas

book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans



Kevin Henkes cover

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Kevin Henkes

American children's illustrator and writer


Lynd Ward

American artist


Wanda Gág

American artist and children's writer

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