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 1979

Honor Book – Donald Crews

Freight Train
by Donald Crews, Illustrated by Donald Crews

Publication Date: Mar 04, 2003
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 24 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780688801656
Imprint: Greenwillow Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

Read a Description of Freight Train


Book Description: 
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.