Caldecott Books

Award Winning and Honor Books

Caldecott Award Info

"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." -ALSC

How To Incorporate These Books Into Your Classroom

-Stone Soup: Lesson about being greedy and how it is beneficial to share. Good story for discussing how when the class works together and shares everyone is happy! (Grades 2-5)

-Strega Nona: Lesson about why it is important to follow directions and to respect one another's personal belongings. Breaking rules can lead to trouble and consequences and this book is a way to teach these lessons. Also, a way to teach about cause and effect. (multicultural) (K-3)

-Officer Buckle and Gloria: This story is great for teaching a safety lesson as well as a lesson about friendship. I think the underlying message of getting people excited about safety and encouraging your friends to be safe is important to note as well. The story also has a problem that the two friends must overcome, which is useful to discuss in younger grades. Great way to introduce safety within the school. (K-2)

-Flora and the Flamingo: Another great story about friendship, but this one has no words. It does however have interactive flaps that add to the fun! This story can be used in many different ways and leaves room for lots of discussion. Since there are no words the children can make their own interpretations of the story and discussion will lead to these discoveries and sharing of ideas. (K-2)

-Anansi the Spider: This story is an African folktale (multicultural) that explains why there is a moon in the sky. It is a way to introduce a new culture to students. It also talks a lot about characteristics about each spider and character, which could be a potential lesson focus. Teachers can talk about what characteristics each spider has and identify language and examples that supports each characteristic. (2-5)

-Click Clack, Moo Cows That Type: Just a fun book that can incorporate many lessons. Figurative language such as onomatopoeia and personification are great points to emphasize and teach or review. There are also examples of letters, which can be turned into a lesson on how to write a letter. Students can learn about parts of a letter, spelling, grammar, etc. Students could also write their own letters based off of the examples found in the book. (K-2) (2nd grade focus on how to write a letter)

Shellie Hubbard