Caldecott Medal

Caldecott MedalThe Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2013 Medal Winner

This Is Not My Hat by Jon KlassenThis Is Not My Hat
written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

(Candlewick Press)

In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.

“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.

2013 Honor Books

Creepy Carrots book cover

Creepy Carrots!
written by Aaron Reynolds
illustrated by Peter Brown

(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

Jasper the rabbit loves carrots until he notices they are everywhere. He is convinced they’re coming for him! Pronounced shadows, black borders and shaded edges enhance this ever so slightly sinister tale with a distinctly cinematic feel. This is one serving of carrots children will eagerly devour.

Extra Yarn book cover

Extra Yarn
written by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Jon Klassen

(Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn.  Klassen's innovative digital technique results in shifts of color that signal character change and critical turns of plot -all done with just the right stitches of humor.

Green book cover

written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

(Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh approach to the multiple meanings of “green.” Using thickly-layered acrylics, word pairings and cleverly placed die cuts, she invites readers to pause, pay attention and wonder.

One Cool Friend cover

One Cool Friend
written by Toni Buzzeo
illustrated by David Small

(Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale of Father, Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two). Buzzeo’s text, brimming with sly wordplay, earns its perfect counterpoint in Small’s ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations with chilly details and visual jokes that invite many repeated readings.

Sleep Like a Tiger book cover

Sleep Like a Tiger
written by Mary Logue
illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and repeated visual motifs, her parents coax her into bed. Using mixed media artwork on wood enhanced with computer illustrations, this is a whimsical story with universal appeal.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
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Interrupting Chicken
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The Lion & the Mouse
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All the World
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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
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The House in the Night
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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
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How I Learned Geography
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A River of Words the Story of William Carlos Williams
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad
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First the Egg
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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
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Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom