Caldecott Awards 2024


There were a LOT of great picture books published in 2023. That means that the committee who chose the Caldecott Medal and Honor books had their work cut out for them. When all of the discussions were done, Vashti Harrison’s BIG was selected as the Caldecott Medal title and four honor titles were named.

Check out the list below and see what you think about this year’s selections. Some are based on real people and events; others create imaginative worlds in which children can see themselves reflected or catch glimpses into other lives. 

 With luck you’ll find something you like. But don’t forget that there are plenty of other lists to consult too—like the ALSC Notables and CLP’s own Booklists for Kids & Teens. Or you can ask your friendly local librarian, in person or through our website. 

Happy reading! 

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Praised for acting like a big girl when she is small, as a young girl grows, “big” becomes a word of criticism, until the girl realizes that she is fine just the way she is. 

In Every Life

A picture book celebrating both the highs and lows that everyone experiences in the course of a life. 

Jovita Wore Pants

A picture book biography of a Mexican heroine who fought for freedom and proved that traditional gender roles aren’t important. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and an eAudio on Hoopla.

There Was a Party for Langston

A celebration of Langston Hughes and African American authors he inspired, told through the lens of the party held at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1991.

The Truth about Dragons

In a mix of Eastern and Western mythologies, a mother tells her child about two forests inhabited by different, but equally enchanting dragons that coexist within the child’s heart.