Caldecott Medal Winners

Begun in 1938 by the American Library Association, The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott. According to the ALA, the medal "shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award shall go to the artist, who must be a citizen or resident of the United States, whether or not he be the author of the text."
2016 Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

Honor Books:
  • Trombone Shorty. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Troy Andrews
  • Waiting. Illustrated and text by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes; text by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Last Stop on Market Street. Illustrated by Christian Robinson; text by Matt de le Peña

2015 Winner: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Honor Books:
  • Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré; text by Barb Rosenstock
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Illustrated by Jon Klassen; text by Mac Barnett
  • Viva Frida. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet; text by Jen Bryant
  • This One Summer. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki; text by Mariko Tamaki

2014 Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca

Honor Books:
  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

2013 Winner: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Honor Books:
  • Creepy Carrots! Illustrated by Peter Brown; text by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn. Illustrated by Jon Klassen; text by Mac Barnett
  • Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend. Illustrated by David Small; text by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski; text by Mary Logue

2012 Winner: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Honor Books:
  • Blackout by John Rocco
  • Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  • Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

2011 Winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead; text by Philip C. Stead

Honor Books:
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

2010 Winner: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Honor Books:
  • All the World. Illustrated by Marla Frazee; text by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski; text by Joyce Sidman

2009 Winner: The House in the Night. Illustrated by Beth Krommes; text by Susan Marie Swanson

Honor Books:
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
  • How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet; text by Jen Bryant

2008 Winner: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Honor Books:
  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Ellen Levine
  • First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems

2007 Winner: Flotsam by David Wiesner

Honor Books:
  • Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Carole Boston Weatherford

2006 Winner: The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka; text by Norton Juster

Honor Books:
  • Rosa Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Nikki Giovanni
  • Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
  • Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman
  • Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Illustrated by Beckie Prange; text by Joyce Sidman

2005 Winner: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes 

Honor Books:
  • The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
  • Coming on Home Soon. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

2004 Winner: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein 

Honor Books:
  • Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
  • What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

2003 Winner: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann 

Honor Books:
  • The Spider and the Fly. Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi; text by Mary Howitt
  • Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty
  • Noah's Ark by Jerry Pinkney

2002 Winner: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

Honor Books:
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. Illustrated by Brian Selznick; text by Barbara Kerley
  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Doreen Rappaport
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

2001 Winner: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George 

Honor Books:
  • Casey at the Bat. Illustrated by Christopher Bing; text by Ernest Thayer
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin; text by Doreen Cronin
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer

  • 2000 Winner: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback 

Honor Books:
  • A Child's Calendar. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text by John Updike
  • Sector 7 by David Wiesner
  • When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • The Ugly Duckling. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Hans Christian Andersen

1999 Winner: Snowflake Bentley. Illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Honor Books:
  • Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and the Orchestra. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • No, David! by David Shannon
  • Snow by Uri Shulevitz
  • Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sis

1998 Winner:  Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Honor Books:
  • The Gardener. Illustrated by David Small; text by Sarah Stewart
  • Harlem. Illustrated by Christopher Myers; text by Walter Dean Myers
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

1997 Winner: Golem by David Wisniewski

Honor Books:
  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby. Illustrated by Holly Meade; text by Minfong Ho
  • The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier
  • The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
  • Starry Messenger by Peter Sís

1996 Winner: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann 

Honor Books:
  • Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin. Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; text by Lloyd Moss
  • The Faithful Friend. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Robert D. San Souci
  • Tops & Bottoms. Adapted and illustrated by Janet Stevens

1995 Winner: Smoky Night Illustrated by David Diaz; text by Eve Bunting 

Honor Books:
  • John Henry. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Julius Lester
  • Swamp Angel. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text by Anne Issacs
  • Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

1994 Winner: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say; edited by Walter Lorraine 

Honor Books:
  • Peppe the Lamplighter. Illustrated by Ted Lewin; text by Elisa Bartone
  • In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
  • Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Yo! Yes? Illustrated by Chris Raschka; text by edited by Richard Jackson

1993 Winner: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully 

Honor Books:
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Illustrated by Lane Smith; text by Jon Scieszka
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
  • Working Cotton. Illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Sherley Anne Williams

1992 Winner: Tuesday by David Wiesner 

Honor Book:
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

1991 Winner: Black and White by David Macaulay 

Honor Books:
  • Puss in Boots. Illustrated by Fred Marcellino; text by Charles Perrault. Translated by Malcolm Arthur
  • "More More More," Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams

1990 Winner: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young 

Honor Books:
  • Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Robert D. San Souci
  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text by Eric Kimmel

1989 Winner: Song and Dance Man. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text by Karen Ackerman 

Honor Books:
  • The Boy of the Three-Year Nap. Illustrated by Allen Say; text by Diane Snyder
  • Free Fall by David Wiesner
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia C. McKissack

1988 Winner: Owl Moon. Illustrated by John Schoenherr; text by Jane Yolen 

Honor Book:
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

1987 Winner: Hey, Al. Illustrated by Richard Egielski; text by Arthur Yorinks 

Honor Books:
  • The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi
  • Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

1986 Winner: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

Honor Books:
  • The Relatives Came. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text by Cynthia Rylant
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. Illustrated by Don Wood; text by Audrey Wood

1985 Winner: Saint George and the Dragon. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text Retold by Margaret Hodges 

Honor Books:
  • Hansel and Gretel. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text by Retold by Rika Lesser
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
  • The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend. Retold and illustrated by John Steptoe

1984 Winner: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provensen 

Honor Books:
  • Little Red Riding Hood. Retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

1983 Winner: Shadow. Translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown. Original text in French: Blaise Cendrars

Honor Books:
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains. Illustrated by Diane Goode; text by Cynthia Rylant

1982 Winner: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg 

Honor Books:
  • Where the Buffaloes Begin. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text by Olaf BakerNo
  • On Market Street. Illustrated by Anita Lobel; text by Arnold Lobel
  • Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
  • A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers. Illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen; text by Nancy Willard

1981 Winner: Fables by Arnold Lobel

Honor Books:
  • The Bremen-Town Musicians. Retold and illustrated by Ilse Plume
  • The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
  • Mice Twice by Joseph Low
  • Truck by Donald Crews

1980 Winner: Ox-Cart Man. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text by Donald Hall 

Honor Books:
  • Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
  • The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

1979 Winner: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble 

Honor Books:
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • The Way to Start a Day. Illustrated by Peter Parnall; text by Byrd Baylor

1978 Winner: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier

Honor Books:
  • Castle by David Macaulay
  • It Could Always Be Worse. Retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach

1977 Winner: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text by Margaret Musgrove 

Honor Books:
  • The Amazing Bone by William Steig
  • The Contest. Retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
  • Fish for Supper by M. B. Goffstein
  • The Golem: A Jewish Legend by Beverly Brodsky McDermott
  • Hawk, I'm Your Brother. Illustrated by Peter Parnall; text by Byrd Baylor

1976 Winner: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; retold by Verna Aardema 

Honor Books:
  • The Desert is Theirs. Illustrated by Peter Parnall; text by Byrd Baylor
  • Strega Nona. by Tomie de Paola

1975 Winner: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott 

Honor Book:
  • Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book. Illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Muriel Feelings

1974 Winner: Duffy and the Devil. Illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach 

Honor Books:
  • Three Jovial Huntsmen by Susan Jeffers
  • Cathedral by David Macaulay

1973 Winner: The Funny Little Woman. Illustrated by Blair Lent; retold by Arlene Mosel 

Honor Books:
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti. Adapted and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
  • Hosie's Alphabet. Illustrated by Leonard Baskin; text by Hosea, Tobias & Lisa Baskin
  • Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert; translated by Randall Jarrell. Retold from the Brothers Grimm
  • When Clay Sings. Illustrated by Tom Bahti; text by Byrd Baylor

1972 Winner: One Fine Day. Retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian 

Honor Books:
  • Hildilid's Night. Illustrated by Arnold Lobel; text by Cheli Durán Ryan
  • If All the Seas Were One Sea by Janina Domanska
  • Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book Illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Muriel Feelings

1971 Winner: A Story, A Story. Retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley 

Honor Books:
  • The Angry Moon. Illustrated by Blair Lent; retold by William Sleator
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

1970 Winner: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig 

Honor Books:
  • Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
  • Pop Corn & Ma Goodness. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker; text by Edna Mitchell Preston
  • Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
  • The Judge: An Untrue Tale. Illustrated by Margot Zemach; text by Harve Zemach

1969 Winner: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; retold by Arthur Ransome 

Honor Book:
  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky. Illustrated by Blair Lent; text by Elphinstone Dayrell

1968 Winner: Drummer Hoff. Illustrated by Ed Emberley; adapted by Barbara Emberley 

Honor Books:
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Seashore Story by Taro Yashima
  • The Emperor and the Kite. Illustrated by Ed Young; text by Jane Yolen

1967 Winner: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness 

Honor Book:
  • One Wide River to Cross. Illustrated by Ed Emberley; adapted by Barbara Emberley

1966 Winner: Always Room for One More. Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text by Sorche Nic Leodhas, 
                       pseudonym (Leclair Alger)

Honor Books:
  • Hide and Seek Fog. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text by Alvin Tresselt
  • Just Me by Marie Hall Ets
  • Tom Tit Tot. Retold and illustrated by Evaline Ness

1965 Winner: May I Bring a Friend? Illustrated by Beni Montresor; text by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers 

Honor Books:
  • Rain Makes Applesauce. Illustrated by Marvin Bileck; text by Julian Scheer
  • The Wave. Illustrated by Blair Lent; text by Margaret Hodges
  • A Pocketful of Cricket. Illustrated by Evaline Ness; text by Rebecca Caudill

1964 Winner: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Honor Books:
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • All in the Morning Early. Illustrated by Evaline Ness; text by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseudonym (Leclaire Alger)
  • Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Philip Reed

1963 Winner: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 

Honor Books:
  • The Sun is a Golden Earring. Illustrated by Bernarda Bryson; text by Natalia M. Belting
  • Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text by Charlotte Zolotow

1962 Winner: Once a Mouse. Retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown 

Honor Books:
  • Fox Went out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song by Peter Spier
  • Little Bear's Visit. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text by Else H. Minarik
  • The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up. Illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text by Alice E. Goudey

1961 Winner: Baboushka and the Three Kings. Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text by Ruth Robbins 

Honor Book:
  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

1960 Winner: Nine Days to Christmas. Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida 

Honor Books:
  • Houses from the Sea. Illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text by Alice E. Goudey
  • The Moon Jumpers. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text by Janice May Udry

1959 Winner: Chanticleer and the Fox. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney; adapted by the illustrator from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales 

Honor Books:
  • The House that Jack Built: La Maison Que Jacques a Batie by Antonio Frasconi
  • What Do You Say, Dear? Illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text by Sesyle Joslin
  • Umbrella by Taro Yashima

1958 Winner: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey 

Honor Books:
  • Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman
  • Anatole and the Cat. Illustrated by Paul Galdone; text by Eve Titus

1957 Winner: A Tree is Nice. Illustrated by Marc Simont; text by Janice Udry

Honor Books:
  • Mr. Penny's Race Horse by Marie Hall Ets
  • 1 is One by Tasha Tudor
  • Anatole Illustrated by Paul Galdone; text by Eve Titus
  • Gillespie and the Guards. Illustrated by James Daugherty; text by Benjamin Elkin
  • Lion by William Pène du Bois

1956 Winner: Frog Went A-Courtin'. Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; retold by John Langstaff 

Honor Books:
  • Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

1955 Winner: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper. Illustrated Marcia Brown; translated from Charles Perrault 

Honor Books:
  • Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes. Illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Wheel On the Chimney. Illustrated by Tibor Gergely; text by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Thanksgiving Story. Illustrated by Helen Sewell; text by Alice Dalgliesh

1954 Winner: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans 

Honor Books:
  • Journey Cake, Ho! Illustrated by Robert McCloskey; text by Ruth Sawyer
  • When Will the World Be Mine? Illustrated by Jean Charlot; text by Miriam Schlein
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Illustrated by Marcia Brown; translated by M.R. James from the text by Hans Christian Andersen
  • A Very Special House. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text by Ruth Krauss
  • Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum

1953 Winner: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward 

Honor Books:
  • Puss in Boots. Illustrated by Marcia Brown; translated by Marcia Brown from Charles Perrault
  • One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
  • Ape in a Cape: An Alphabet of Odd Animals by Fritz Eichenberg
  • The Storm Book. Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Five Little Monkeys by Juliet Kepes

1952 Winner: Finders Keepers. Illustrated by Nicolas, pseudonym (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text by Will, pseudonym (William Lipkind)

Honor Books:
  • Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo by Marie Hall Ets
  • Skipper John's Cook by Marcia Brown
  • All Falling Down. Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text by Gene Zion
  • Bear Party by William Pène du Bois
  • Feather Mountain by Elizabeth Olds

1951 Winner: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous 

Honor Books:
  • Dick Whittington and his Cat by Marcia Brown
  • The Two Reds by Nicolas, pseudonym (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text by Will, pseudonym (William Lipkind)
  • If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss, pseudonym (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  • The Most Wonderful Doll in the World. Illustrated by Helen Stone; text by Phyllis McGinley
  • T-Bone, the Baby Sitter by Clare Turlay Newberry

1950 Winner: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi 

Honor Books:
  • America's Ethan Allen. Illustrated by Lynd Ward; text by Stewart Holbrook
  • The Wild Birthday Cake. Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text by Lavinia R. Davis
  • The Happy Day. Illustrated by Marc Simont; text by Ruth Krauss
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, pseudonym (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  • Henry Fisherman by Marcia Brown

1949 Winner: The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader 

Honor Books:
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • All Around the Town. Illustrated by Helen Stone; text by Phyllis McGinley
  • Juanita by Leo Politi
  • Fish in the Air by Kurt Wiese

1948 Winner: White Snow, Bright Snow. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text by Alvin Tresselt

Honor Books:
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  • McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss, pseudonym (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  • Bambino the Clown by Georges Schreiber
  • Roger and the Fox. Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text by Lavinia R. Davis
  • Song of Robin Hood. Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton; text by edited by Anne Malcolmson

1947 Winner: The Little Island. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text by Golden MacDonald, pseudonym (Margaret Wise Brown)

Honor Books:
  • Rain Drop Splash. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text by Alvin Tresselt
  • Boats on the River. Illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum; text by Marjorie Flack
  • Timothy Turtle. Illustrated by Tony Palazzo; text by Al Graham
  • Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi
  • Sing in Praise: A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns. Illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; text by selected by Opal Wheeler

1946 Winner: The Rooster Crows by Maude and Miska Petersham 

Honor Books:
  • Little Lost Lamb. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text by Golden MacDonald, pseudonym (Margaret Wise Brown)
  • Sing Mother Goose. Illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; Music: Opal Wheeler
  • My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Illustrated by Ruth Gannett; text by Becky Reyher
  • You Can Write Chinese by Kurt Wiese

1945 Winner: Prayer for a Child. Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text by Rachel Field 

Honor Books:
  • Mother Goose. Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
  • In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets
  • Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli
  • The Christmas Anna Angel. Illustrated by Kate Seredy; text by Ruth Sawyer

1944 Winner: Many Moons. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text by James Thurber 

Honor Books:
  • Small Rain: Verses fromThe Bible. Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; selected by Jessie Orton Jones
  • Pierre Pigeon Illustrated by Arnold E. Bare; text by Lee Kingman
  • The Mighty Hunter by Berta & Elmer Hader
  • A Child's Good Night Book. Illustrated by Jean Charlot; text by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Good-Luck Horse. Illustrated by Plato Chan; text by Chih-Yi Chan

1943 Winner: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton 

Honor Books:
  • Dash and Dart by Mary & Conrad Buff
  • Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry

  • 1942 Winner: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey 

Honor Books:
  • An American ABC by Maud and Miska Petersham
  • In My Mother's House. Illustrating by Velino Herrera; text by Ann Nolan Clark
  • Paddle-To-The-Sea by Holling C. Holling
  • Nothing At All by Wanda Gág

1941 Winner: They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson 

Honor Book:
  • April's Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry

1940 Winner: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Honor Books:
  • Cock-a-Doodle Doo by Berta & Elmer Hader
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Ageless Story by Lauren Ford

1939 Winner: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth 

Honor Books:
  • Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
  • Barkis by Clare Turlay Newberry
  • The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gág
  • Wee Gillis. Illustrated by Robert Lawson; text by Munro Leaf

1938 Winner: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book. Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; selected by Helen Dean Fish 

Honor Books:
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Illustrated by Robert Lawson; text compiled by Helen Dean Fish
  • Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale. Retold and illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff