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Caldecott Medal Awards 1938-1949

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children for the best American picture book for children.

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The Big Snow

The Big Snow

1949
Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.

White Snow, Bright Snow

White Snow, Bright Snow
Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

1948
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.

The Little Island

The Little Island
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

1947
Depicts the changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches.

The Rooster Crows; A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

The Rooster Crows; A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

1946
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting out rhymes.

Prayer for a Child

Prayer for a Child
Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones

1945
For sixty years children and parents have shared in the joy and inspiration of Rachel Field and Elizabeth Orton Jones's Prayer for a Child.

Many Moons

Many Moons
Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

1944
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.

The Little House

The Little House

1943
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

1942
Mrs. Mallard leaves her home on an island in the Charles River and escorts her eight ducklings through hazardous Boston traffic to the Public Gardens where Mr. Mallard is waiting for his family to join him.

They Were Strong and Good

They Were Strong and Good

1941
Relates the story of the author's grandparents and parents, who, though not famous, helped build the United States.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

1940
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

Mei Li

Mei Li

1939
After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year's Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.

Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book

Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book

1938
Animals of the Bible are presented through passages from both the Old and New Testament.