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2018 Caldecott Winner
Wolf in the snow was illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Cordell uses pen and watercolors to create the story of a girl wearing a red coat with a pointed hood and a wolf pack making its way across land. Onomatopoeia is used throughout this picture book to enhance Cordell's drawings.
2017 Caldecott Medal Winner, 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner. Javaka Steptoe is the illustrator of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. He uses collage-style paintings. He painted on richly textured pieces of found wood harvested from discarded Brooklyn Museum exhibit materials.
2016 Caldecott Medal Winner
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Honor
Finding Winnie is illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Blackall uses Chinese ink and watercolor on hot-press paper. Most of the illustrations in the book are inspired by actual photographs from when the book took place.
2014 Caldecott Medal Winner
2014 Orbis Pictus Honor
2014 Sibert Honor
Locomotive is illustrated by Brian Floca. He uses watercolor and ink to make the pages come alive with details of the trip including sounds, speed, and strength of the locomotives. The words are accentuated through onomatopoeia.
2011 Caldecott Medal Winner
2011 Charlotte Zolotow Honor
Erin E. Stead uses a woodblock printing technique to create the story of Amos McGee. The story is mostly in black and white, but has subtle hints of color created with colored pencils.
2008 Caldecott Medal Winner
Brian Selznick is the illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He uses a technique called cross-hatching. His drawings are often 3x5 inches and are drawn using a microscope before being magnified. Enjoy this black and white young adult chapter book by Selznick.
2007 Caldecott Medal Winner
Flotsam is illustrated by David Wiesner. He uses watercolors and gouache in this wordless picture book to create three-dimension objects you can't observe in real life, adding authenticity to his drawings.
2005 Caldecott Medal Winner
2005 Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner
Kevin Henkes, illustrator of Kitten's First Full Moon, uses gouche paint with black and grey colored pencils to create this black and white children's book.
2003 Caldecott Medal Winner
Eric Rohmann, illustrator of My Friend Rabbit, uses robust relief prints and watercolor in this children's book. He wanted to create something different than his normal way of illustrating with oils, so he tried something different. Looks like it worked in his favor!
2002 Caldecott Medal Winner
David Wiesner uses watercolors, gouache, colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil on Fabriano hot press paper to create this beautiful masterpiece. Enjoy this story about the three little pigs that contains speech bubbles!
2000 Caldecott Medal Winner
Simme Taback, illustrator of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, uses watercolors, gouache, pencil, ink to tell the story of Joseph's overcoat. Joseph's overcoat was full of holes, just like this book!
1992 Caldecott Medal Winner
David Wiesner, illustrator of Tuesday, uses watercolors and gouche to illustrate this near wordless picture book. Wiesner provides a time frame within the book of the activities happening on that Tuesday.
1985 Caldecott Medal Winner
Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, is created using full page pen and ink with watercolors. This book also contains ornate watercolor borders evoking historical books and scrolls.
1984 Caldecott Medal Winner
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, is created using sepia toned acrylic paints, along with pen and ink illustrations.
1976 Caldecott Medal Winner
Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears, use watercolors in both a fine and spatter, pastels rubbed on by hand, india ink, and a cut-out technique to create a picture book of a West African tale.
1960 Caldecott Medal Winner
Marie Hall Ets uses pencil drawings on dinobase with bursts of colored pencil and contrasting white to create the story of a little Mexican girl's excitement at the approach of Christmas.
1948 Caldecott Medal Winner
Illustrator Roger Duvoisin uses acetate color separation in 4 colors made by brush and india ink in the book White Snow, Bright Snow. He uses palettes of grey, red, yellow, and green.
1942 Caldecott Honor
Robert McCloskey uses black and white lithographic crayon on zinc plates to create images in the book Make Way for Ducklings. They were reproduced with brown ink on cream colored paper to create sepia pictures.
1939 Caldecott Medal Winner
Brush and lithographic pencil reproduced on copper plates were used by Thomas Handforth to illustrate this story about a girl named Mei Li who ventures out to attend the Chinese New Year festivities with her brother San Yu and is burdened with the task to prove that there are activities for girls too. This book is illustrated in black and white.