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Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 2010-present

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **  Please see note at right for more information about borrowing Caldecott books. 

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This Is Not My Hat (2013) - Jon Klassen
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut (I Want My Hat Back-2011) with another deadpan-funny tale.

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A Ball for Daisy (2012) - Chris Raschka
In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidentally destroyed. With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011) - Philip C. Stead; Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

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The Lion and the Mouse (2010) - Jerry Pinkney
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.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 2000-2009

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **  Please see note at right for more information about borrowing Caldecott books. 

Click on the title to view the GCC Catalog page. 

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The House in the Night (2009) - Susan Marie Swanson
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.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures (2008) - Brian Selznick
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.

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Flotsam (2007) - David Wiesner
When a young boy discovers a camera on the beach and develops the film, he finds with his microscope many layers of pictures within the photographs.

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The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006) - Norton Juster
A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents’ home.

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Kitten's First Full Moon (2005) - Kevin Henkes
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2004) - Moricai Gerstein
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

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My Friend Rabbit (2003) - Eric Rohmann
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.

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The Three Pigs (2002) - David Wiesner
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.

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So You Want to be President? (2001) - Judith St. George
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (2000) - Simms Taback
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1990-1999

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **

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Snowflake Bentley (1999) - Jecqueline Briggs Martin
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

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Rapunzel (1998) - Paul O. Zelinsky
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.

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Golem (1997) - David Wisniewski
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

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Officer Buckle and Gloria (1996) - Peggy Rathmann
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.

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Smoky Night (1995) - Eve Bunting
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.

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Grandfather's Journey (1994) - Allen Say
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.

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Mirette on the High Wire (1993) - Emily Arnold McCully
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.

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Tuesday (1992) - David Wiesner
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

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Black and White (1991) - David Macaulay
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.

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Lon Po Po (1990) - Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1980-1989

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **

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Song and Dance Man (1989) - Karen Ackerman
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

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Owl Moon (1988) - Jane Yolen
On a winter’s night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

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Hey, Al (1987) - Arthur Yorinks
A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.

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The Polar Express (1986) - Chris Van Allsburg
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

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Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend (1985) - Margaret Hodges
Retells the segment from Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.

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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (1984) - Alice Provensen
A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel.

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Shadow (1983) - Blaise Cendrars
Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.

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Jumanji (1982) - Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

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Fables (1981) - Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

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Ox-Cart Man (1980) - Donald Hall
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1970-1979

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1979) - Paul Goble
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

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Noah's Ark (1978) - Peter Spier
Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah’s ark and thereby survived the Flood.

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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (1977) - Margaret Musgrove
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale (1976) - Verna Aardema
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

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Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (1975) - (adapted by) Gerald McDermott
An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

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Duffy and the Devil (1974) - (retold by) Harve Zemach
The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire’s name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil’s name.

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The Funny Little Woman (1973) - Arlene Mosel
While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.

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One Fine Day (1972) - Nonny Hogrogian
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.

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A Story, A Story: An African Tale (1971) - Gail E. Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970) - William Steig
In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

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Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1960-1969

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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1969) - Arthur Ransome
When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.

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Drummer Hoff (1968) - Barbara Emberley
A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (1967) - Evaline Ness
Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between make believe and real life.

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Always Room for One More (1966) - Sorche Nic Leodhas
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.

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May I Bring a Friend? (1965) - Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
A well-mannered little boy, frequently invited to visit the king and queen, always asks to bring a friend--and the friends are always wild animals--and always well-behaved.

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Where the Wild Things Are (1964) - Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

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The Snowy Day (1963) - Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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Once a Mouse (1962) - Marcia Brown
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit’s pet also becomes increasingly vain.

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Baboushka and the Three Kings (1961) - Ruth Robbins
An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season.

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Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico (1960) - Mary Hall Ets
Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1950-1959

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **

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Chanticleer and the Fox (1959) - Geoffrey Chaucer (illust. by Barbara Cooney)
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A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

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Time of Wonder (1958) - Rober McCloskey
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.

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A Tree is Nice (1957) - Janice May Udry
Briefly describes the value of a tree.

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Frog Went A-Courtin' (1956) - John M. Lanstaff
Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.

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Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper (1955) - (free translation from) Charles Perrault
Cindrella is abused and exploited by her stepmother and stepsisters after her father’s remarriage, but she is able to attend a royal ball with the help of her fairy godmother. The king’s son falls in love with her, and when she is forced to flee at midnight, the prince is able to locate her with the glass slipper she left behind. Because she is good, Cinderella accepts her stepsisters’ apologies and forgives them, allowing them to share her good fortune.

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Madeline's Rescue (1954) - Ludwig Bemelmans
A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.

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The Biggest Bear (1953) - Lynd Ward
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family’s barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.

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Finders Keepers (1952) - Will and Nicolas
Two dogs each claim a bone they have found and ask passersby for help in deciding ownership.

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The Egg Tree (1951) - Katherine Milhous
Katy’s Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.

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Song of the Swallows (1950) - Leo Politi
Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day the next spring.

 

Caldecott Medal Winners owned by GCC 1938-1949

** Please Note:   THE CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AS RESERVE TITLES, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY.  A photo ID will need to be left at the Circulation & Reserve Desk while you use the item IN THE LIBRARY. **

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The Big Snow (1949) - Berta and Elmer Hader
Winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations.

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White Snow, Bright Snow (1948) - Alvin Tresselt
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.

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The Little Island (1947) - Margaret Wise Brown
Depicts the changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches.

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The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles (1946) - Maud and Miska Petersham
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.

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Prayer for a Child (1945) - Elizabeth Orton Jones
An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child’s world.

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Many Moons (1944) - James Thurber
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore’s wish for the moon.

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The Little House (1943) - Virginia Lee Burton
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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Make Way for Ducklings (1942) - Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

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They Were Strong and Good (1941) - Robert Lawson
Relates the story of the author’s grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.

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Abraham Lincoln (1940) - Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

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Mei Li (1939) - Thomas Handforth
After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year’s Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.

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Animals of the Bible (1938) - Dorothy Pulis Lathrop
The Old and New Testaments of the King James Version are the sources for the thirty-one stories about animals; the illustrations include the flora of biblical lands and portray the animals with reverence.

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