Monday, March 22, 2010

Caldecott Winners and Honor Picture Books



I've been hankering to read the Caldecott winners and decided that now is as good of time as any to start reading them. Each year one picture book by an American is selected as the best book that was published the year before, along with a varying number of honorable mention books.


I made an Excel spreadsheet of the medal books and I'm highlighting them as I read them and typing in quick notes on my impressions.

I've found the illustrations to be inspiring and it's making me think more seriously about writing and illustrating my own books. Besides analyzing what writing elements make up an award winning picture book, I've been copying the illustrators different styles and mediums. For practice, it is incredibly helpful to study and emulate artists to try to see and think as they do.




Caldecott Winners and Honor Medal Picture Books



2010: The Lion & the Mouse,
illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers)
Honor Books:
All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books.
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


2009: The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Honor Books:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, by Marla Frazee (Harcourt, Inc.)
How I Learned Geography, by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar Straus Giroux)
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)



2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
Honor Books:
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion)



2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion)
Honor Books:
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans (Walker)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun)



2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children)
Honor Books:
Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company)
Zen Shorts illustrated and written by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press)
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman. (An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)



2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Honor Books:
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam's Son's/Penguin Young Readers Group)
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems. (Hyperion Books for Children)


2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
Honor Books:
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt, Inc.)
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. (Hyperion)



2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
Honor Books:
The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, written by Mary Howitt (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt & Co.)
Noah's Ark by Jerry Pinkney (SeaStar Books, a division of North-South Books Inc.)


2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
Honor Books:
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins illustrated by Brian Selznick, written by Barbara Kerley (Scholastic)
Martin's Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont (HarperCollins)



2001: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George (Philomel)
Honor Books:
Casey at the Bat illustrated by Christopher Bing, written by Ernest Thayer (Handprint)
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type illustrated by Betsy Lewin, written by Doreen Cronin (Simon & Schuster)
Olivia by Ian Falconer (Atheneum)


2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking)
Honor Books:
A Child's Calendar illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Text: John Updike (Holiday House)
Sector 7 by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang (Scholastic)
The Ugly Duckling illustrated by Jerry Pinkney Text: Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Jerry Pinkney (Morrow)


1999: Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian, text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Text: Andrea Davis Pinkney(Hyperion)
No, David! by David Shannon (Scholastic)
Snow by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar)
Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sís (Frances Foster)


1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)
Honor Books:
The Gardener illustrated by David Small
Text: Sarah Stewart (Farrar)
Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers
Text: Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback (Viking)


1997: Golem by David Wisniewski (Clarion)
Honor Books:
Hush! A Thai Lullaby illustrated by Holly Meade; text: Minfong Ho (Melanie Kroupa/Orchard Books)
The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier (Orchard Books)
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey (Richard Jackson/Orchard Books)
Starry Messenger by Peter Sís (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux)


1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
Honor Books:
Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson (Viking)
Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; text: Lloyd Moss (Simon & Schuster)
The Faithful Friend, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text: Robert D. San Souci (Simon & Schuster)
Tops & Bottoms, adapted and illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt)


1995: Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting (Harcourt)
Honor Books:
John Henry, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Julius Lester (Dial)
Swamp Angel, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text: Anne Issacs (Dutton)
Time Flies by Eric Rohmann (Crown)


1994: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Peppe the Lamplighter, illustrated by Ted Lewin; text: Elisa Bartone (Lothrop)
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming (Holt)
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott (Harcourt)
Owen by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)
Yo! Yes? illustrated by Chris Raschka; text: edited by Richard Jackson (Orchard)

1992: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully (Putnam)

Honor Books:
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, illustrated by Lane Smith; text: Jon Scieszka (Viking)
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young (Philomel Books)
Working Cotton, illustrated by Carole Byard; text: Sherley Anne Williams (Harcourt)


1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion)
Honor Book:
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (Crown Publishers, Inc., a Random House Co.)


1991: Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Puss in Boots, illustrated by Fred Marcellino; text: Charles Perrault, trans. by Malcolm Arthur (Di Capua/Farrar)
"More More More," Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow)


1990 Medal Winner: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel)
Honor Books:

Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet (Houghton)
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert (Lippincott)
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Robert D. San Souci (Dial)
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: Eric Kimmel (Holiday House)

Top of list

1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman (Knopf)
Honor Books:

The Boy of the Three-Year Nap, illustrated by Allen Say; text: Diane Snyder (Houghton)
Free Fall by David Wiesner (Lothrop)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall (Dial)
Mirandy and Brother Wind, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text: Patricia C. McKissack (Knopf)


1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen (Philomel)
Honor Book:
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (Lothrop)


1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks (Farrar)
Honor Books:
The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi (Little, Brown)
Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald (Bradbury)
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)


1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
Honor Books:
The Relatives Came, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Cynthia Rylant (Bradbury)
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, illustrated by Don Wood; text: Audrey Wood (Harcourt)


1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges (Little, Brown)
Honor Books:
Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; text: retold by Rika Lesser (Dodd)
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri (Greenwillow)
The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend, retold and illustrated by John Steptoe (Lothrop)


1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen (Viking)
Honor Books:
Little Red Riding Hood, retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday)
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang (Greenwillow)


1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown
Original text in French: Blaise Cendrars (Scribner)
Honor Books:
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow)
When I Was Young in the Mountains, illustrated by Diane Goode; text: Cynthia Rylant (Dutton)


1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Where the Buffaloes Begin, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Olaf Baker (Warne)
On Market Street, illustrated by Anita Lobel; text: Arnold Lobel (Greenwillow)
Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen; text: Nancy Willard (Harcourt)


1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
Honor Books:
The Bremen-Town Musicians, retold and illustrated by Ilse Plume (Doubleday)
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang (Four Winds)
Mice Twice by Joseph Low (McElderry/Atheneum)
Truck by Donald Crews (Greenwillow)

1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall (Viking)
Honor Books:
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (Greenwillow)
The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar)


1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (Bradbury)
Honor Books:
Freight Train by Donald Crews (Greenwillow)
The Way to Start a Day, illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor (Scribner)


1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier (Doubleday)
Honor Books:
Castle by David Macaulay (Houghton)
It Could Always Be Worse, retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach (Farrar)


1977 : Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove (Dial)
Honor Books:
The Amazing Bone by William Steig (Farrar)
The Contest, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Greenwillow)
Fish for Supper by M. B. Goffstein (Dial)
The Golem: A Jewish Legend by Beverly Brodsky McDermott (Lippincott)
Hawk, I'm Your Brother, illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor (Scribner)


1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)
Honor Books:
The Desert is Theirs, illustrated by Peter Parnall; text: Byrd Baylor (Scribner)
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (Prentice-Hall)


1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott (Viking)
Honor Books:
Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text: Muriel Feelings (Dial)


1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach (Farrar)
Honor Books:
Three Jovial Huntsmen by Susan Jeffers (Bradbury)
Cathedral by David Macaulay (Houghton)


1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel (Dutton)
Honor Books:
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, adapted and illustrated by Gerald McDermott (Holt)
Hosie's Alphabet, illustrated by Leonard Baskin; text: Hosea, Tobias & Lisa Baskin (Viking)
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert; text: translated by Randall Jarrell, retold from the Brothers Grimm (Farrar)
When Clay Sings, illustrated by Tom Bahti; text: Byrd Baylor (Scribner)


1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Macmillan)
Honor Books:
Hildilid's Night, illustrated by Arnold Lobel; text: Cheli Durán Ryan (Macmillan)
If All the Seas Were One Sea by Janina Domanska (Macmillan)
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text: Muriel Feelings (Dial)


1971: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley (Atheneum)
Honor Books:
The Angry Moon, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by William Sleator (Atlantic)
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (Harper)


1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (Windmill Books)
Honor Books:
Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats (Macmillan)
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni (Pantheon)
Pop Corn & Ma Goodness, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker; text: Edna Mitchell Preston (Viking)
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle (Viking)
The Judge: An Untrue Tale, illustrated by Margot Zemach; text: Harve Zemach (Farrar)


1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome (Farrar)
Honor Books:
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: Elphinstone Dayrell (Houghton)


1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)
Honor Books:
Frederick by Leo Lionni (Pantheon)
Seashore Story by Taro Yashima (Viking)
The Emperor and the Kite, illustrated by Ed Young; text: Jane Yolen (World)


1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (Holt)
Honor Book:
One Wide River to Cross, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)


1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] (Holt)
Honor Book:
Hide and Seek Fog, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
Just Me by Marie Hall Ets (Viking)
Tom Tit Tot, retold and illustrated by Evaline Ness (Scribner)


1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Atheneum)
Honor Books:
Rain Makes Applesauce, illustrated by Marvin Bileck; text: Julian Scheer (Holiday)
The Wave, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: Margaret Hodges (Houghton)
A Pocketful of Cricket, illustrated by Evaline Ness; text: Rebecca Caudill (Holt)


1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
Honor Books:
Swimmy by Leo Lionni (Pantheon)
All in the Morning Early, illustrated by Evaline Ness; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclaire Alger] (Holt)
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Philip Reed (Atheneum)


1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
Honor Books:
The Sun is a Golden Earring, illustrated by Bernarda Bryson; text: Natalia M. Belting (Holt)
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Charlotte Zolotow (Harper)


1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
Honor Books:
Fox Went out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song by Peter Spier (Doubleday)
Little Bear's Visit, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Else H. Minarik (Harper)
The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up, illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text: Alice E. Goudey (Scribner)


1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus)
Honor Book:
Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni (Obolensky)


1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking)
Honor Books:
Houses from the Sea, illustrated by Adrienne Adams; text: Alice E. Goudey (Scribner)
The Moon Jumpers, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Janice May Udry (Harper)



1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney (Crowell)
Honor Books:
The House that Jack Built: La Maison Que Jacques A Batie by Antonio Frasconi (Harcourt)
What Do You Say, Dear? illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Sesyle Joslin (W. R. Scott)
Umbrella by Taro Yashima (Viking)


1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
Honor Books:
Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman (Viking)
Anatole and the Cat, illustrated by Paul Galdone; text: Eve Titus (McGraw-Hill)


1957: A Tree is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper)
Honor Books:
Mr. Penny's Race Horse by Marie Hall Ets (Viking)
1 is One by Tasha Tudor (Walck)
Anatole, illustrated by Paul Galdone; text: Eve Titus (McGraw-Hill)
Gillespie and the Guards, illustrated by James Daugherty; text: Benjamin Elkin (Viking)
Lion by William Pène du Bois (Viking)


1956: Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff (Harcourt)
Honor Books:
Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets (Viking)
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima (Viking)


1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
Honor Books:
Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes, illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
Wheel On The Chimney, illustrated by Tibor Gergely; text: Margaret Wise Brown (Lippincott)
The Thanksgiving Story, illustrated by Helen Sewell; text: Alice Dalgliesh (Scribner)


1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
Honor Books:
Journey Cake, Ho! illustrated by Robert McCloskey; text: Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
When Will the World Be Mine? illustrated by Jean Charlot; text: Miriam Schlein (W. R. Scott)
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: Hans Christian Andersen, translated by M. R. James (Scribner)
A Very Special House, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; text: Ruth Krauss (Harper)
Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum (Capitol)


1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Puss in Boots, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
Puss in Boots, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
Ape in a Cape: An Alphabet of Odd Animals by Fritz Eichenberg (Harcourt)
The Storm Book, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text: Charlotte Zolotow (Harper)
Five Little Monkeys by Juliet Kepes (Houghton)


1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt)
Honor Books:
Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo by Marie Hall Ets (Viking)
Skipper John's Cook by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
All Falling Down, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham; text: Gene Zion (Harper)
Bear Party by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
Feather Mountain by Elizabeth Olds (Houghton)


1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
Honor Books:
Dick Whittington and his Cat by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
The Two Reds, ill. by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt)
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel] (Random House)
The Most Wonderful Doll in the World, illustrated by Helen Stone; text: Phyllis McGinley (Lippincott)
T-Bone, the Baby Sitter by Clare Turlay Newberry (Harper)


1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Honor Books:
America's Ethan Allen, illustrated by Lynd Ward; text: Stewart Holbrook (Houghton)
The Wild Birthday Cake, illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text: Lavinia R. Davis (Doubleday)
The Happy Day, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Ruth Krauss) (Harper)
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel] (Random House)
Henry Fisherman by Marcia Brown


1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
Honor Books:
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
All Around the Town, illustrated by Helen Stone; text: Phyllis McGinley (Lippincott)
Juanita by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Fish in the Air by Kurt Wiese (Viking)


1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
Honor Books:
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss, pseud. [Theodor Seuss Geisel] (Random House)
Bambino the Clown by Georges Schreiber (Viking)
Roger and the Fox, illustrated by Hildegard Woodward; text: Lavinia R. Davis (Doubleday)
Song of Robin Hood, illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton; text: edited by Anne Malcolmson (Houghton)


1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday )
Honor Books:
Rain Drop Splash, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
Boats on the River, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum; text: Marjorie Flack (Viking)
Timothy Turtle, illustrated by Tony Palazzo; text: Al Graham (Welch)
Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Sing in Praise: A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; text: selected by Opal Wheeler (Dutton)


1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
Honor Books:
Little Lost Lamb, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday)
Sing Mother Goose, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey; music: Opal Wheeler (Dutton)
My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, illustrated by Ruth Gannett; text: Becky Reyher (Lothrop)
You Can Write Chinese by Kurt Wiese (Viking)


1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field (Macmillan)
Honor Books:
Mother Goose, illustrated by Tasha Tudor (Oxford University Press)
In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets (Viking)
Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
The Christmas Anna Angel, illustrated by Kate Seredy; text: Ruth Sawyer (Viking)


1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber (Harcourt)
Honor Books:
Small Rain: Verses From The Bible, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: selected by Jessie Orton Jones (Viking)
Pierre Pidgeon, illustrated by Arnold E. Bare; text: Lee Kingman (Houghton)
The Mighty Hunter by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
A Child's Good Night Book, illustrated by Jean Charlot; text: Margaret Wise Brown (W. R. Scott)
Good-Luck Horse, illustrated by Plato Chan; text: Chih-Yi Chan (Whittlesey)


1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)
Honor Books:
Dash and Dart by Mary & Conrad Buff (Viking)
Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry (Harper)


1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
Honor Books:
An American ABC by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
In My Mother's House, illustrating by Velino Herrera; text: Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
Paddle-To-The-Sea by Holling C. Holling (Houghton)
Nothing At All, by Wanda Gág (Coward)


1941: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson (Viking)
Honor Book:
April's Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry (Harper)


1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (Doubleday)
Honor Books:
Cock-a-Doodle Doo by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
The Ageless Story by Lauren Ford (Dodd)



1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday)
Honor Books:
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty (Viking)
Barkis by Clare Turlay Newberry (Harper)
The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gág (Coward)
Wee Gillis, illustrated by Robert Lawson; text: Munro Leaf (Viking)


1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott)
Honor Books:
Four and Twenty Blackbirds, illustrated by Robert Lawson; text: compiled by Helen Dean Fish (Stokes)
Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale, retold and illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff (Viking)