2019 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honors

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. In addition to the Medal Winner, there were four Honor Books named this year.

2019 Medal Winner

“Hello Lighthouse” illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Hello Lighthouse

“Masterful ink and watercolor illustrations illuminate the story of a lighthouse and the family inside. Stunning images of the lighthouse in all kinds of weather alternate with views of intimate interior detail and circular motifs.” Blackall also received the 2016 Caldecott Medal for “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.”


2019 Honor Books

“Alma and How She Got Her Name” illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name

“When Alma’s father shares family stories about the origins of her long beautiful name, she gains an appreciation for its uniqueness and connection to her history. Martinez-Neal uses smudgy graphite and colored pencil to convey a soft palette that gently transports readers into Alma’s rich ancestral past.”

“A Big Mooncake for Little Star” illustrated and written by Grace Lin

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

“Lin’s detailed compositions and palette create a wholly original fable imbued with traits of the Chinese Moon Festival. A mischievous child and her mother bake a mooncake and the temptation of sweet treats unfolds nightly against an inky black sky.”

“The Rough Patch” illustrated and written by Brian Lies

The Rough Patch

“Evan and his dog did everything together until one day, the unthinkable happened. With compelling compositions and mastery of light and shadow, Brian Lies illustrates an emotional arc of loss, grief, healing, and hope.” 

“Thank you, Omu!” illustrated and written by Oge Mora

Thank You, Omu!

“The scent of Omu’s thick red stew drifts through the neighborhood, bringing community members to the door for a taste. Through mixed media and paper collage, Mora tells a story of coming together to give and receive. Rich colors and textures celebrate generosity, community, and the rewards of sharing.”

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