Caldecott Award Winners

2019 Winner and Honors Books

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.

Alma and how she got her name

Juana Martinez-Neal
ISBN: 9780763693558

How did Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela end up with such a long name? As Daddy tells the story of her many names, Alma can almost feel herself grow into them.

A big mooncake for Little Star

by Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316404488

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

The rough patch

Brian Lies
ISBN: 9780062671271

Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together and, especially, in the garden but when his dog passes away Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.

Thank you, Omu!

Oge Mora
ISBN: 9780316431248

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

Past Winners

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

by 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 work 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 and 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.


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 showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

A sick day for Amos McGee

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

"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."--Dust jacket.

The lion & the mouse

Jerry Pinkney
ISBN: 9780316013567

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.

The house in the night

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

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

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

Kitten's first full moon

by Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 9780060588281

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

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 a 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

written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by David Diaz
ISBN: 9780152699543

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.

Grandfather's journey

written and illustrated by Allen Say
ISBN: 9780395570357

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

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.