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Lists & Award Winners

This list is for children age 2 - grade 2. This list is updated annually by the Texas Library Association.

Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin

It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Blocks by Irene Dickson

Horrible Bear! by Anne Dyckman

La Madre Goose by Susan Middleton Elya

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth by Peter Jarvis

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins

123 Dream by Kim Krans

Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlmans

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt

The Grumpy Pets by Kristine Lombardi

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

Ocean Animals from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex Smith

Is that Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon

A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2017 Winner:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Past Winners (most recent first):

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend


This Is Not My Hat

A Ball for Daisy

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

The Lion and the Mouse

The House in the Night

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


The Hello, Goodbye Window

Kitten's First Full Moon 

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

My Friend Rabbit

The Three Pigs

So You Want to Be President? 

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Snowflake Bentley



Officer Buckle and Gloria

Smoky Night

Grandfather's Journey

Mirette on the High Wire


Black and White

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Song and Dance Man

Owl Moon

Hey, Al

The Polar Express

Saint George and the Dragon




Ox-Cart Man

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Noah's Ark

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Arrow to the Sun

Duffy and the Devil

The Funny Little Woman

One Fine Day

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Drummer Hoff

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

Always Room for One More

May I Bring a Friend

Where the Wild Things Are

The Snowy Day

Once a Mouse

Baboushka and the Three Kings

Chanticleer and the Fox

Time of Wonder

A Tree is Nice

Frog Went A-Courtin'

Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

Madeline's Rescue

The Biggest Bear

The Egg Tree

Song of the Swallows

The Big Snow

White Snow, Bright Snow

The Little Island

The Rooster Crows

The Little House

Make Way for Ducklings

They Were Strong and Good

Abraham Lincoln

Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book

For a complete list of Caldecott Medal and Honor books, visit the American Library Association's website.