I think these books have helped shape the body of American children's literature, whether we consciously realize it or not. It's an incredibly eye-opening experience to read each one... particularly some of the books that won decades ago, and to see how dramatically picture books have changed.
Wondering what the Caldecott Medal is? See the answer here. Here's a list of all the Caldecott Medalists, and here's a list of all the winners and honor books. And if this unbelievably lengthy poll works, I'll try the list of Newbery books next (which is even longer.)
This is a good place to mention that Leonard Marcus' fabulous book A Caldecott Celebration is being released in a brand new edition in February 2008. Marcus gives wonderful behind the scenes glimpses into seven Caldecott winning books and details the development process of each each one. The books he discusses are: Make Way for Ducklings, Cinderella, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Where the Wild Things Are, Jumanji, Tuesday and, just added for the new edition... The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. It's fascinating.
Are there Caldecott Medal winners that you love? Ones you've never heard of? Books that you just remembered when you read the list? Did you find a book that you didn't realize won the Caldecott?
Here are my personal favorite Caldecott winners:
- 2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner
- 2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
- 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
- 2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
- 1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- 1994: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
- 1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner
- 1991: Black and White by David Macaulay
- 1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from
by Ed Young China
- 1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- 1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
- 1968: Drummer Hoff illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley
- 1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- 1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- 1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown
- 1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
- 1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Make Wayfor Ducklings by Robert McCloskey