Books by Theme
In 2013, the Caldecott Medal celebrated 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.
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.
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
The combined talent of three geniuses — Martha Graham's choreography, Isamu Noguchi's art, and Aaron Copland's music — brought the ballet "Appalachian Spring" to life in October 1944. Graceful illustrations combine with poetic, highly detailed narrative for a riveting account of this achievement. Notes and sources are included.
Dick Whittington and His Cat
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.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
Most elephant seals live in the ocean but one prefers the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. Though the townspeople try to relocate Elizabeth, the huge seal finds her way back three times to the delight of many, especially a boy named Michael. Based on a true story, this well-told fictionalized account is expressively illustrated.
Annabelle finds a box with colorful yarn from which she makes sweater for all, adding color and life to a dull landscape. The box is empty when stolen by a greedy man but is yarn-filled when it returns to Annabelle. Textured pictures and understated text on open pages tell an engaging yarn.
Hattie and the Wild Waves
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.
Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
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.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the Moon's surface and saw Earth from a very different perspective. Eloquent language and illustrations combine to present this historical event in a unique, unforgettable way.
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
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
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.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find ... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.
Sun and Spoon
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.
Lazlo is afraid of the dark but gets unexpected help from The Dark when his nightlight goes out. Illustrations enhance the tension as Lazlo slices through inky night to overcome his fear and find a replacement bulb. And the dark isn't so frightening any longer.
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