The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It has been awarded annually since 1938 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.

“We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade is the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press.

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also recognized in 2021.

“A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart,” illustrated by Noa Denmon and written by Zetta Elliott

The Cat Man of Aleppo,” illustrated by Yuko Shimizu and written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha

“Me & Mama,” illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Outside In,” illustrated by Cindy Derby and written by Deborah Underwood

The Caldecott Medal winners are shelved in Bin 1 so come browse these award-winning books.