Caldecott Winners

Named in honor of Randolph Caldecott, a prominent 19th century children’s book illustrator, the Caldecott Medal has been awarded each year since 1938 to a single citizen of the United States who has, through immeasurable artistic ability, created the most notable American Picture Book for Children published in the United States.

Since this award is based on the beauty of the artwork rather than the story, the illustrator need not be the author to receive this prestigious award.

Presented in a cherry wood box and inscribed with “Awarded annually by the Children’s and School Librarians Sections of the American Library Association,” the Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1938, with some of its talented winners receiving it multiple times over the years.

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