Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
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.
Our staff have picked their favorite Caldecott-winning picture books from past and present:
They Were Strong and Good
written and illustrated by Robert Lawson
J 920 LAWSO
1941 Medal Winner
Where the Wild Things Are
written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1964 Medal Winner
Black and White
written and illustrated by David Macaulay
1991 Medal Winner
The Hello, Goodbye Window
by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka
2006 Medal Winner
The world is a different place when looking through the magical hello, goodbye window at Nanna and Poppy's house. A wonderful story that shows the special bond of grandparents to grandchildren.
written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel
1981 Medal Winner
Fables consists of twenty original tales, each featuring a different animal, and each accompanied by an illustration. There’s something about the subtle details and colors of each picture that draw you in and make you want to look them over closely—the flowers the crocodile’s wife is tending, the scales on the cat’s delectable fish, Madame Rhinoceros’ dress, the colors of the sky in mouse’s sunset—there’s enough content here in both text and art to keep you and your young reader captivated for quite some time.
The Snowy Day
written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
1963 Medal Winner
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
written and illustrated by William Steig
1970 Medal Winner
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is an endearing story full of feeling and nuance. Sylvester learns that a simple wish can go terribly wrong-- but that the love and faith can overcome all. I especially like William Steig's stunning illustrations, with his sensitive attention to facial expressions. This classic story will make children and parents appreciate the power of books.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
EASY J 398.2 WHY
1976 Medal Winner
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears is an entertaining fable about what can happen when communication falls apart. The vivid illustrations create a colorful backdrop to this informative tale.
Make Way for Ducklings
written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1942 Medal Winner
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for the perfect spot to raise their family. That is not an easy task in the busy city of Boston. McCloskey takes the Mallards to many famous city sites on their search and the illustrations take us on the journey with them. Enjoy the story of the Mallard family with your little ones.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
written and illustrated by Simms Taback
EASY J 398.2 JOSEP
2000 Medal Winner
A captivating and delightful story that reveals the soul of the artist, when he doesn't knows he is an artist. The general plot, based on a favorite Yiddish folktale, quickly becomes comical as time progresses. Joseph, the main character, transforms a ratty old overcoat into a variety of different clothing items. He changes the coat into a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a tie, a handkerchief, and finally, a button. When Joseph loses the button, instead of giving up completely, he decides to create a book about it. The song-like rhythm in the book, the vibrant colors, and detailed pictures will capture every audience. It's fun to turn every page.
The Little House
written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
1943 Medal Winner
The Little House is about a small house built in the countryside that's about to become downtown Boston. After the transition from country living to suburbia, the house is pretty sad. But then the builders never leave. The new houses get knocked down, bigger buildings get put up. When a subway system is put in, the little house knows it's the end. . . or is it?
A Tree Is Nice
by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont
1957 Medal Winner
A Tree is Nice
is a sweet book that reminds us to appreciate the beauty as well as
the usefulness of trees. The joyous illustrations are a delight and
compliment the simple text beautifully.
The Polar Express
written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg
1986 Medal Winner
An enchanting tale of a child's belief in the magic of Christmas.
Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.
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