What are the best Caldecott Medal winner books?

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    #1Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are
    Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's picture books of all time, written by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

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    Gregory Carlson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Everyone has read this book in their life. Such a great book that helps show children that we all don't have to be the same and teaches such a great message of acceptance. I remember my mother reading this to me as a child. It was something I looked forward to every night. Now it's something I share with my son. This is such a great book for any child, of any age."
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    #2Officer Buckle & Gloria

    Officer Buckle & Gloria

    Officer Buckle and Gloria is a Caldecott Medal book written by Peggy Rathmann. This children's picture book with dramatic series of events was originally published in 1995.


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    Brenda Simpson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Officer Buckle & Gloria is such a heartwarming, cute story for all ages. It's fun to read aloud or listen, and will hold the attention of even young readers with its adorable illustrations. It will become a classic and favorite in your household and deserves its Caldecott award."
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    #3The Three Pigs

    The Three Pigs
    The Three Pigs is a picture book for children written by David Wiesner. This visual narrative book has received Caldecott Medal award. It was published in 2001.

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    Keith Simpson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "My son loves this book - the classic tale of the 3 little pigs and the elusive wolf who is trying to eat them. The picture book is more modernized than the old-school drawings I grew up with though the story is still the same. The drawings are very vibrant and colorful; my son really liked looking at them while I read him the story. In fact, this book has become part of our regular story time before bed as he likes to see the pigs different houses. "
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    #4Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

    Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

    Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young is a children's illustration book about the retelling of The Red Riding Hood in Chinese. This is a wonderful bedtime story perfect for kids.


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    Crystal Ruiz
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I want to start reading some Caldecott award winning books with my son, but was wondering which ones are the best. I love the story of Little Red Riding Hood and think that a Chinese twist would be fun to read. The reviews are mostly very positive so it must be good! I will definitely be getting this book for my son!"
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    #5The Snowy Day

    The Snowy Day
    This full-colour book, written by Ezra Jack Keats, shows the adventures of a little kid in a city during a snowy day. Its amazing illustrations and the lovely story makes this text very exceptional for children and also for adults!



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    Frank Barnett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Snowy Day is one of the best books to have won a Caldecott Medal for excellence in children's literature. Kids will love the beautiful illustrations as well as the engaging story. I would highly recommend this for any parent, teacher, or family member who has kids that like reading."
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    #6The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    This book by Brian Selznick tells the story of Hugo an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

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    Anika Rathore
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity."
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    #7Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a Jewish children's picture book created by Simms Taback. This book is about Joseph's overcoat that is full of holes and won a Caldecott Medal in 2000. It is first published in 1977 by Viking. 

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    Samuel Williamson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book won an award and it is easy to see why as its an excellent children's book which not only has great illustrations and pictures but actually tells a story and a message. I really think many parents and children will enjoy it as we did."
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    Jumanji is a children's fantasy picture fiction books written by Chris Van Allsburg. This tells the story of two children who become involved in a jungle-adventure game. With over 30 pages, this book is published in 19981by Houghton Mifflin.

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    Hemant Nair
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Jumanji as a book is as fun as the movie. Such a thrilling read. It kept me on edge throughout the entire read. "
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    #9Kitten's First Full Moon

    Kitten's First Full Moon

    Kitten's First Full Moon is a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book for children written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. It tells the story of a kitten who saw the full moon for the first time and thought it was a bowl of milk.


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    Christian Wallace
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Very fun children's book. Kids love it. Great addition to their library. "
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    #10Owl Moon

    Owl Moon
    Owl Moon is a picture book for children by Jane Yolen. The illustrations by John Schoenherr won the book the Caldecott Medal in 1988. It tells the story of little girl who goes owling with her father for the first time.

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    Stephen Santos
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "owls are a bad sign"
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    #11The Polar Express

    The Polar Express

    The Polar Express is Chris Van Allsburg's story of a boy who is starting to doubt the existence of Santa Claus but was then visited by a train going to the North Pole, to see Santa before he goes on his annual gift-giving spree.


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    John Pierce
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great book that I enjoyed as a child and now my children enjoy it too. It has lasted through generations and will continue to do so. The perfect movie for when a doubt in Santa starts to emerge."
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    #12Make Way for Ducklings

    Make Way for Ducklings
    Make Way for Ducklings is Robert McCloskley's 1941 classic is about the duck Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings, who try to cross the streets of Boston and reach a big and beautiful pond in the public gardens.

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    Howard King
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "An excellent book for small children, in fact I don't think you will find a better book. In my opinion this is something that belongs in every school in the country. Right after you read this you will know why this book is an instant classic."


Best What are the best Caldecott Medal winner books
1Where the Wild Things AreBooks 37 Paid
2Officer Buckle & GloriaBooks 32 Paid
3The Three PigsBooks 31 Paid
4Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from ChinaBooks 28 Paid
5The Snowy DayBooks 22 Paid
6The Invention of Hugo CabretBooks 21 Paid
7Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Books 16 Paid
8JumanjiBooks 13 Paid
9Kitten's First Full MoonBooks 11 Paid
10Owl MoonBooks 6 Paid

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