Randolph Caldecott Award Winning and Honored Books
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 1995
Honor Book – Jerry Pinkney
by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Publication Date: Dec 01, 1999
List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
Read a Description of John Henry
Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney’s warm, humorous retelling of a popular African-American folk ballad. When John Henry was born the birds, bears, rabbits, and even a unicorn came to see him. He grew so fast, he burst right through the porch roof, and laughed so loud, he scared the sun! Soon John Henry is swinging two huge sledgehammers to build roads, pulverizing boulders, and smashing rocks to smithereens. He’s stronger than ten men and can dig through a mountain faster than a steam drill. Nothing can stop John Henry, and his courage stays with us forever. A Caldecott Honor Book * "This is a tall tale and heroic myth, a celebration of the human spirit … The story is told with rhythm and wit, humor and exageration, and with a heart-catching immediacy that connects the human and the natural world. " —Booklist, starred review "Another winning collaboration from the master storyteller and gifted artist of Tales of Uncle Remus fame." —School Library Journal
"A great American hero comes fully to life in this epic retelling filled with glorious, detailed watercolors … This carefully crafted updating begs to be read aloud for its rich, rhythmic storytelling flow, and the suitably oversize illustrations amplify the text." —Publishers Weekly