2021 Caldecott Medal

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.

Ages: 0-14 years

Winners

We Are Water Protectors

Michaela Goade and Carole Lindstrom

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.

All formats.

Shortlists

The Cat Man of Aleppo

Yuko Shimizu, Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha

The true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.

All formats.

Me & Mama

Cozbi A. Cabrera

A little Black girl spends a lovely day with her mother.

All formats.

Outside In

Cindy Derby and Deborah Underwood

A little girl explores the wonders of nature in daily life.

All formats.

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

Noa Denmon and Zetta Elliott

A poem celebrating community, self-reflection and the emotions of a Black child.

All formats.

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Caldecott Medal

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.

Ages: 0-14 years