While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my boys’ personal favorites, too.
The child inside me is so excited!
All week long, I’m going to offer you hand-picked lists of books for your kids, from toddler to teen.
You can find these Caldecott Children’s Book Awards Winners at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.
2008 Caldecott Honor Book * 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year
2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year * 2008 Caldecott Honor Book * 2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year * 2008 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Nonfiction * 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids Nominee
Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe.
Once you take this eye-opening safari, you’ll never look at letters or animals with the same way again.
This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion.
This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.
Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.
With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth — and Stillwater the bear — present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.
The first “manned” hot-air balloon is about to take off!
What are those noises coming from the basket?
From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place.
Winner of the Caldecott Medal * An ALA Notable Book * A New York Times Best Illustrated Book Winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award
The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes.
The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she’s never met is waiting.
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat.
The exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny has been left behind….
2004 Caldecott Medal * 2004 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Picture Books * 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky.
Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style — and it isn’t at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister.
Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage.
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon!
You’ve never met one like this before.
When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn’t far behind.
From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.
Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he — drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s — shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt’s warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.
2002 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Notable Children’s Book of the Year * 2003 Caldecott Honor Book
Peter McCarty’s exquisite illustrations and understated wit turn an ordinary day in the lives of two pets into a rare delight.
Full of sensitive detail and emotion, his art brings new life and meaning to an important message of peace.
Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level.
Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life.
With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.
With impeccable attention to detail, Barbara Kerley unearths a story of consuming passion, triumph, loss, and courage — and ultimately, of an extraordinary legacy that lives on today.
Caldecott Honor Book * New York Times Best Illustrated Book * ALA Notable Children’s Book * Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book * Amazon.com Editors’ Pick * School Library Journal Best Book * New York Public Library’s “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”
When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy.
The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone — the dog catcher is looking for him, too!
Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.
Christopher Bing’s magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook.
Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l’oeil reproductions of artifacts-period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era.
Olivia is a gorgeous little pig who likes to dress up, sing songs, dance, think, snooze and is even quite good at building sandcastles.
The wordless yet eloquent account of this unparalleled adventure is a funny, touching story about art, friendship, and the weather, as well as a visual tour de force.
Everybody gets angry sometimes. And for children, anger can be very upsetting.
Children will see what Sophie does when she gets angry.
People do lots of different things when they get angry. What do you do?
For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney’s spectacular adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers.
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