Who Has Won the Caldecott Medal?


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Some winners of the Caldecott Medal include Robert McCloskey, Ezra Jack Keats and Chris Van Allsburg. The Caldecott Medal is an annual award that honors the best picture book for children.

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Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott in 1942 for "Make Way for Ducklings." The uniquely illustrated book features charcoal illustrations lithographed on zinc plates. Telling the story of two ducks that decide to raise their ducklings in Boston Public Garden, this iconic book has sold more than 2 million copies since its original publication. McCloskey won the Caldecott again in 1958 for his book "A Time of Wonder."

Ezra Jack Keats took home the Caldecott in 1963 for "The Snowy Day," the simple, whimsical tale of a child at play on a snow day. Keats' celebrated art, which combines cut-outs, collage and watercolors, is some of the most recognizable in children's art. "The Snowy Day" is also notable for being one of the first full-color picture books to feature a young black protagonist.

Chris Van Allsburg's "Jumanji" won the Caldecott in 1981 for its inventive jungle-themed fantasy story. The book focuses on two siblings who find the eponymous board game, which creates real-life hazards as they land on different game spaces. Navigating perils such as lions, monsoons and stampedes, the children must finish the game before it destroys their home.

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