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Caldecott Medal Awards 1980s

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children for the best American picture book for children.

Song and Dance Man

Song and Dance Man
Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

1989
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

Owl Moon

Owl Moon
Illustrated by John Schoenherr

1988
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Hey, Al

Hey, Al
Illustrated by Richard Egielski

1987
A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

1986
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon
Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

1985
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot

1984
A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel.

Shadow

Shadow
Illustrated by Marcia Brown

1983
Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.

Jumanji

Jumanji

1982
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle board game.

Fables

Fables

1981
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

Ox-Cart Man

Ox-Cart Man
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney

1980
Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons.