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Other Books by Caldecott Artists

In 2013, the Caldecott Medal celebrates its 75th anniversary. We've gathered a collection of other wonderful books by Caldecott-winning artists. Perhaps you can name (without looking it up!) the medal-winning book by each artist.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Aesop's Fables

By: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Almost 100 fables attributed to Aesop have been selected and illustrated in this oversized collection. Familiar and less familiar tales are included, and most are distinguished by illustrations that give these old fables a fresh face. This large collection is an introduction to these classic stories.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

By: Marcia Brown
Illustrated by: Marcia Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The traditional tale of a poor boy who finds fame and fortune with the help of a cat is presented here in straightforward language. Limited color and boldly lined illustrations highlight the tale's drama and satisfying conclusion.


By: Eve Bunting
Illustrated by: David Wisniewski
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A rubber duck is among the bathtub toys washed overboard and into the ocean. After a long journey, the duck narrator is found by a child.  Inspired by actual events and vividly illustrated with textured paper cut images.

Hattie and the Wild Waves

By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The child of hardworking immigrants, the narrator tells her tale of growing up and how the family vacations at New York City's shores inspired her affinity for art. Handsomely hued illustrations evoke family life during an earlier period in this fond family story.

Her Seven Brothers

By: Paul Goble
Illustrated by: Paul Goble
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A young girl who is a talented embroiderer leaves her home to travel north to find her never-before-met brothers. Stylized illustrations evoke the Cheyenne nation who offer this fascinating explanation of how the stars formed constellations.

Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

By: Jacqueline Ogburn
Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Journey around the globe to learn some of the affectionate names children are called. The terms appear in English and the native language (with pronunciation provided) accompanied by charming illustrations that suggest cultural diversity.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

By: Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by: Maurice Sendak
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A girl meets the talkative Mr. Rabbit and together they discuss what birthday present to give her mother. Evocative illustrations have rich hues and rounded shapes that suggest a fanciful setting but with an imaginative, real-world resolution.

Over in the Meadow

By: John Langstaff
Illustrated by: Feodor Rojankovsky
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Over in the meadow live animals and their young – from one to 10. The predictable pattern is made memorable with intricate illustration and repetition in this ageless rendition of a familiar counting ditty.

Owl at Home

By: Arnold Lobel
Illustrated by: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Young readers will understand what Owl doesn't in each of five short chapters. The episodic tales and lighthearted illustrations are sure to engage newly independent readers.

Sun and Spoon

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ten-year old Spoon is afraid that he will forget his grandmother without something tangible to hold on to. Can Spoon share his sense of loss and his selfish action with his grandfather? Sophisticated readers and adults will have rich discussions around this book.

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