A list of some favorite Caldecott Award-winning books.

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Verna Aardema

CALDECOTT E AARDEMA

A West African folktale reveals the meaning of the mosquito’s buzz.


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Locomotive
Brian Floca

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A visual exploration of America’s early railroads that examines the sounds, speed and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.


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Kitten's First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes

CALDECOTT E HENKES

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.


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The Hello, Goodbye Window
Norton Juster

CALDECOTT E JUSTER

The kitchen window at her grandparents’ house is a magic gateway for one little girl. The story depicts the special relationship she has with her grandparents.


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The Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats

CALDECOTT E KEATS

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.


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This Is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen

CALDECOTT E KLASSEN

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.


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Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey

OVERSIZE CALDECOTT E MCCLOSKEY

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.


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The Lion & the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney

CALDECOTT E PINKNEY

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.


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A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka

CALDECOTT E RASCHKA

A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.


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Officer Buckle & Gloria
Peggy Rathmann

CALDECOTT E RATHMANN

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.


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My Friend Rabbit
Eric Rohmann

CALDECOTT E ROHMANN

Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.


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Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

CALDECOTT E SENDAK

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.


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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Philip Christian Stead

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Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day—’Ah-choo!’—he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.


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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
William Steig

CALDECOTT E STEIG

In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.


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The House in the Night
Susan Marie Swanson

CALDECOTT E SWANSON

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.


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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Simms Taback

CALDECOTT E TABACK

A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.


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Jumanji
Chris Van Allsburg

CALDECOTT E VAN ALLSBURG

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.


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The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg

CALDECOTT E VAN ALLSBURG

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.


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Flotsam
David Wiesner

CALDECOTT E WIESNER

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.


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The Three Pigs
David Wiesner

CALDECOTT E WIESNER

The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.


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Tuesday
David Wiesner

CALDECOTT E WIESNER

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.


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Owl Moon
Jane Yolen

CALDECOTT E YOLEN

On a winter’s night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.


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