Caldecott Award Winners
Caldecott Award Winners by Grade Level
This book list chronicles the Caldecott Winners from each year and provides links to purchase many of these books. The Caldecott Medal recognizes the artist of the best American picture book for children. It is named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, because his work largely represents how beautiful illustration can improve text. The Association for Library Service to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association, presents this annual award. I might note that many people assume that illustrated books tend to be for young children, typically first grade level and below. This is not necessarily the case. Caldecott books can be any grade level. Enjoy!
Book levels are based on reading difficulty, not content or plot. Many books are highly readable but challenging in different ways, typically incorporating symbolism and other important literary devices. It is entirely appropriate to read books above or below the reading level you are targeting if the book challenges the reader in other ways, perhaps in a provocative way. For example, The Catcher in the Rye is certainly a push for fourth grade in terms of content. Perhaps pushing it to seventh or eighth grade may be an option. As you can see, limiting a child to a book, because of a book list or the child's age, is a mistake. Grade-level lists are only guides and careful attention must be taken in order to select proper reading material based on ability and interest rather than a grade recommendation.
Caldecott Award Winners by Grade and Interest Levels
There has long been a debate between phonics and whole language. Google “whole language”, and you’ll find almost 20,000,000 articles about the subject. Google “phonics’, and you’ll find almost 9,000,000 articles. Google “novels”, and you’ll find over 81,000,000 articles!
There are numerous opposing beliefs when it comes to teaching reading. Ultimately, regardless of how a child is taught to read, the reading material largely dictates his/her interest level. Can anybody truly be interested in the reading material contained in most reading texts? At what point is a child’s interest level as important as the method in which they are being taught to read? In my twenty years of teaching, I’ve found that the single best way to improve in reading is to read. I know that sounds simple, but it’s true. The problem with reading texts is that they really don’t provide a lot of reading opportunities that are interesting, so students never read from them on their own. Novels, on the other hand, are far more engaging and tend to motivate students to read both in groups and independently. As a result, I highly recommend novel reading over text reading when it comes to increasing student interest.
2010-2002 Caldecott Books
2001-1990 Caldecott Books
Caldecott Award Winners
The Lion & the Mouse (Grade 3)
The House in the Night
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Grade 5)
The Hello, Goodbye Window (Grade 3)
Kitten's First Full Moon (Grade 2)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Grade 3)
My Friend Rabbit
The Three Pigs (Grade 2)
So You Want To Be President? (Grade 4)
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Grade 1)
Snowflake Bentley (Grade 4)
Golem (Grade 4)
Officer Buckle and Gloria (Grade 3)
Smoky Night (Grade 2)
Grandfather's Journey (Grade 3)
Mirette on the High Wire (Grade 3)
Tuesday (Grade 1)
Black and White
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Grade 3)
Song and Dance Man (Grade 4)
Owl Moon (Grade 3)
Hey Al (Grade 2)
The Polar Express (Grade 3)
Saint George and the Dragon (Grade 5)
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (Grade 2)
Jumanji (Grade 3)
Fables (Grade 4)
Ox-Cart Man (Grade 4)
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Grade 4)
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (Grade 4)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale (Grade 4)
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
Duffy and the Devil (Grade 4)
The Funny Little Woman
One Fine Day (Grade 3)
A Story--A Story (Grade 4)
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Grade 4)
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Drummer Hoff (Grade 4)
Sam Bangs & Moonshine (Grade 3)
Always Room for One More (Grade 4)
May I Bring a Friend? (Grade 2)
Where the Wild Things Are (Grade 3)
The Snowy Day
Once a Mouse (Grade 3)
Baboushka and the Three Kings
Nine Days to Christmas (Grade 3)
Chanticleer and the Fox (Grade 4)
Time of Wonder (Grade 5)
A Tree is Nice (Grade 2)
Frog Went A-Courtin' (Grade 2)
Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper
Madeline's Rescue (Grade 3)
The Biggest Bear
Finders Keepers (Grade 2)
The Egg Tree (Grade 3)
Song of the Swallows (Grade 4)
The Big Snow
White Snow, Bright Snow (Grade 4)
The Little Island (Grade 3)
The Rooster Crows
Prayer for a Child
Many Moons (Grade 4)
The Little House (Grade 4)
Make Way for Ducklings (Grade 4)
They Were Strong and Good (Grade 4)
Animals of the Bible (Grade 6)
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