Caldecott Awards 2012 – Present

These Caldecott books represent the very best books for children published during the previous calendar year. They are all truly that year’s “not to be missed” children’s books.

The Best Children’s Books.org

Here are some of the Winners from our catalog! Take a look at the Recipients page for the full list. Don’t forget to contact the Southfield library to place items on hold if we don’t have a copy available right away!

Wolf in the Snow
2018 Winner

written & ill. by Cordell, Matthew
In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.
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Big Cat, Little Cat
2018 Honor Book

written & ills. by Cooper, Elisha
Simple and joyful domestic routines underscore the deeply entwined lives of two feline companions and the impact of loss on one. Cooper uses expressive black-and-white line art with strategic, evocative washes of color to convey the reassuring circular nature of life.
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
2018 Honor Book

by Barnes, Derrick
illus. by James, Gordon C.
Sometimes a haircut is so much more than just a haircut. Sometimes a haircut makes you royalty. A love-letter to the contemporary barbershop experience and the empowerment it affords, Gordon C. James’s impressionistic oil paintings capture every bit of the bravado, swagger, and joy of this African-American institution.
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A Different Pond
2018 Honor Book

by Phi, Bao
illus. by Bui, Thi
An early morning fishing trip between father and son provides food for that evening’s dinner and time to reflect on a similar pond in Vietnam. Bui’s evocative thick black ink brushstrokes with graphic novel panels create a cinematic experience, powerfully capturing facial expressions, mood, and quiet moments. Based on the experiences of both the Vietnamese American illustrator and author, this story depicts the immigrant experience as well as universal themes of family, love, and survival.
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Grand Canyon
2018 Honor Book

written & illus. by Chin, Jason
An Asian-American father and daughter explore this national park, from the Inner Gorge to the South Rim. Chin uses watercolor, gouache and pen and ink to render sweeping landscapes, culminating in an epic gatefold panorama. Diagrams, die-cuts and field-guide inspired illustrations of animals, plants and fossils reveal the multiple layers and eons of formation.
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
written & illus. by Steptoe, Javaka
2017 Winner
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Leave Me Alone!
written & illus. by: Brosgol, Vera
2017 Honor
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Freedom in Congo Square
Boston, Carole
illus. by R. Gregory Christie
2017 Honor
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Du Iz Tak?
written & illus. by Ellis, Carson
2017 Honor
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They All Saw a Cat
written & illus. by Wenzel, Brendan
2017 Honor
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Finding Winne: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Blackall, Sophie
2016 Winner
Kindergarten-Grade 3
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Trombone Shorty
Collier, Bryan
2016 Honor
Grade 1-Grade 4
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Waiting
Henkes, Kevin
2016 Honor
Preschool-Kindergarten
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
Holmes, Ekua
2016 Honor
Grade 6 & Up
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Last Stop on Market Street
Robinson, Christian
2016 Honor
Preschool-Kindergarten
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Santat, Dan
2015 Winner
Preschool-2nd grade
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Nana in the City
Castillo, Lauren
2015 Honor
Preschool-3rd grade
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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
GrandPre, Mary
2015 Honor
1st grade-4th grade
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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Klassen, Jon
2015 Honor
Preschool-1st grade
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Viva Frida
Morales, Yuyi
2015 Honor
1st Grade & Up
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The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus
Sweet, Melissa
2015 Honor
2nd grade-5th grade
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This One Summer
Tamaki, Jillian
2015 Honor
8th Grade & Up
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Locomotive
Floca, Brian
2014 Winner
3rd grade-5th grade
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Journey
Becker, Aaron
2014 Honor
1st grade-4th grade
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Flora and the Flamingo
Idle, Molly
2014 Honor
Preschool-2nd grade
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Mr. Wuffles!
Wiesner, David
2014 Honor
Preschool-3rd grade
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This is Not My Hat
Klassen, Jon
2013 Winner
Preschool-3rd grade
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Creepy Carrots!
Brown, Peter
2013 Honor
Preschool-3rd grade
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Extra Yarn
Klassen, Jon
2013 Honor
Preschool-3rd grade
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Green
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
2013 Honor
Preschool-1st grade
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One Cool Friend
Small, David
2013 Honor
Preschool-3rd grade
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Sleep Like a Tiger
Zagarenski, Pamela
2013 Honor
Preschool-1st grade
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A Ball for Daisy
Raschka, Chris
2012 Winner
Preschool-2nd grade
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Blackout
Rocco, John
2012 Honor
Kindergarten-2nd Grade
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Grandpa Green
Smith, Lane
2012 Honor
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
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Me...Jane
McDonnell, Patrick
2012 Honor
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
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