Caldecott Award Winners

2020 Winner and Honors Books

The undefeated

by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
ISBN: 9781328780966

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.

Bear came along

by Richard T. Morris ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
ISBN: 9780316464475

An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.

The double bass blues

by Andrea Loney ; illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
ISBN: 9781524718527

After school orchestra practice, young Nic carries his double bass through rough neighborhoods to his grandfather's home, where he and Grandaddy Nic play jazz music with friends, delighting the neighbors.

Going down home with daddy

written by Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
ISBN: 9781561459384

Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

Past Winners

Hello lighthouse

Sophie Blackall
ISBN: 9780316362382

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."-- Provided by publisher.

Wolf in the snow

Matthew Cordell
ISBN: 9781250076366

When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.

Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe
ISBN: 9780316213882

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear

by Lindsay Mattick ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall
ISBN: 9780316324908

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend

Dan Santat
ISBN: 9780316199988

"An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world." -- Provided by publisher


Brian Floca
ISBN: 9781416994152

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

This is not my hat

Jon Klassen
ISBN: 9780763655990

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.

A ball for Daisy

Chris Raschka
ISBN: 9780375858611

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

A sick day for Amos McGee

written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
ISBN: 9781596434028

Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit with his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

The lion & the mouse

Jerry Pinkney
ISBN: 9780316013567

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even a small creature is capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

The house in the night

written by Susan Marie Swanson ; pictures by Beth Krommes
ISBN: 9780618862443

From the Publisher: A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers-a key, a bed, the moon-this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures

by Brian Selznick
ISBN: 9780439813785

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.


David Wiesner
ISBN: 9780618194575

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

The hello, goodbye window

story by Norton Juster ; pictures by Chris Raschka
ISBN: 9780786809141

A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.

Kitten's First Full Moon

Henkes, Kevin
ISBN: 9780060588281

The man who walked between the towers

Mordicai Gerstein
ISBN: 9780761328681

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

My friend Rabbit

Eric Rohmann
ISBN: 9780761315353

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.

The three pigs

David Wiesner
ISBN: 9780618007011

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.

So you want to be president?

by Judith St. George ; illustrated by David Small
ISBN: 9780399234071

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

Joseph had a little overcoat

by Simms Taback
ISBN: 9780670878550

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

Snowflake Bentley

Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian
ISBN: 9780395861622

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.


retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
ISBN: 9780525456070

A retelling of the German folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.


story and pictures by David Wisniewski
ISBN: 9780395726181

A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Peggy Rathmann
ISBN: 9780399226168

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.

Smoky Night

Bunting, Eve
ISBN: 9780152699543

Grandfather's Journey

Say, Allen
ISBN: 9780395570357

Mirette on the high wire

Emily Arnold McCully
ISBN: 9780399221309

Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.


David Wiesner
ISBN: 9780395551134

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

Black and white

David Macaulay
ISBN: 9780395521519

Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.