Randolph Caldecott Award Winning and Honored Books

The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal, established in 1938, 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. Learn more about this award at Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Below are the Caldecott Medla winning and Honor books awarded to Black illustrators or illustrators of books featuring Black characters. A Black woman yet to win a Caldecott Medal (read more ▶).


One Book Recieved The Caldecott Award or Honor in 1976

Medal Winner – Leo & Diane Dillon

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
by Verna Aardema, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

Publication Date: Jan 01, 1975
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780803760899
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

Read a Description of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale


Book Description: 
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

Book Details:Format: Hardcover 1/1/1975 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up