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2014 Floca, Brian. LOCOMOTIVE

It all started with "a new road of rails made for people to ride" where "covered wagons used to crawl." Almost 150 years ago-just after the Civil War-the completion of the transcontinental railway radically changed both this country's landscape and the opportunities of its people. The book traces the advent of cross-country train travel, focusing on an early trip from Omaha to Sacramento. (J CALDECOTT FICTION FLOCA BRI)
2013 Klassen, Jon. THIS IS NOT MY HAT
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. (J CALDECOTT FICTION KLASSEN JON)
2012 Raschka, Chris. A BALL FOR DAISY
A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost. (J CALDECOTT FICTION RASCHKA CHR)
2011 Stead, Philip C. A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE
Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. (J CALDECOTT FICTION STEAD PHI)
2010 Pinkney, Jerry. THE LION AND THE MOUSE
After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes. (J CALDECOTT FICTION PINKNEY JER)
2009 Swanson, Susan Marie.THE HOUSE IN THE NIGH.
A young girl is given a golden key to a house. “In the house burns a light. In that light rests a bed. On that bed waits a book.” And so continues this simple text, which describes sometimes fantastical pleasures as a bird from the book spirits the child through the starry sky to a wise-faced moon. (J CALDECOTT FICTION SWANSON SUS)
2008 Selznick, Brian. INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. (J CALDECOTT FICTION SELZNICK,BRI)
2007 Wiesner, David. FLOTSAM
A vintage camera washed up on the beach provides a young boy with a surprising view of fantastical images from the bottom of the sea. From fish-eye to lens-eye, readers see a frame-by-frame narrative of lush marinescapes ebbing and flowing from the real to the surreal. (J CALDECOTT FICTION WEI)
2006 Norton, Juster. HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW
A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home. (J CALDECOTT FICTION NORTON JUS)
2005 Henkes, Kevin. KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it. (J CALDECOTT FICTION HENKES KEV)

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A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers. (J CALDECOT FICTION GERSTIN MOR)
2003 Rohmann, Eric. MY FRIEND RABBIT
Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend. (J CALDECOT FICTION ROHMANN ERI)
2002 Wiesner, David. THE THREE PIGS
The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon. (J CALDECOTT FICTION WIESNER DAV)
2001 St. George, Judith. SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT
Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton. Illustrated by David Small. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION CT 3 STG)
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments. (J CALDECOT FICTION TABACK SIM)
1999 Martin, Jacqueline. SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION CV BEN)
1998 Zelinsky, Paul O. RAPUNZEL
A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story. (J CALDECOT FICTION ZELINSKY PAU)
1997 Wisniewski, David. GOLEM
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague. (J CALDECOT FICTION WIESNER DAV)
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches. (J CALDECOT FICTION RATHMANN PEG)
1995 Bunting, Eve. SMOKY NIGHT
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality. Illustrated by David Diaz. (J CALDECOT FICTION BUNTING EVE)
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries. (J CALDECOT FICTION SAY ALL)
1993 McCully, Emily Arnold. MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother’s boardinghouse, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear. (J CALDECOT FICTION MCCULLY EMI)
1992 Wiesner, David. TUESDAY
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep. (J CALDECOT FICTION WIESNER DAV)
1991 Macaulay, David. BLACK AND WHITE
Four brief “stories” about parents, trains, and cows, or is it all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion. (J CALDECOT FICTION MACAULAY DAV)
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother. (J CALDECOT FICTION YOUNG ED)

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1989 Ackerman, Karen. SONG AND DANCE MAN

Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchild some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell. (J CALDECOT FICTION ACKERMAN KAR)
1988 Yolen, Jane. OWL MOON
On a winter’s night under a full moon, father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl. Illustrated by John Schoenherr. (J CALDECOT FICTION YOLEN JAN)
1987 Yorinks, Arthur. HEY, AL
Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie, live in a single room on the West Side. Their tiny home is crowded and cramped; the life is an endless struggle. Al and Eddie are totally miserable until a large and mysterious bird offers them a change of fortune.Illustrated by Richard Egielski. (J CALDECOT FICTION YORINKS ART)
1986 Van Allsburg, Chris. THE POLAR EXPRESS
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. (J CALDECOT FICTION VAN ALLSBURG CHR)
1985 Hodges, Margaret. SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
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. The knight’s brave deed brings peace and joy to the land. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. (J CALDECOT FICTION HODGES MAR)
1984 Provensen, Alice and Martin. THE GLORIOUS FLIGHT
A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Blériot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900s. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION TM PRO)
1983 Cendrars, Blaise. SHADOW
The village storytellers and shamans of Africa give the poet Blaise Cendrars an eerie image of Shadow, shifting between the beliefs of the present and the spirits of the past. (J CALDECOT FICTION CENDRARS BLA)
1982 Van Allsburg, Chris. JUMANJI
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 adventure board game. (J CALDECOT FICTION VAN ALLSBURG CHR)
1981 Lobel, Arnold. FABLES
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION PR LOB)
1980 Hall, Donald. THE OX-CART MAN
Depending upon the land for all things, family life forms an annual cycle of plantings, growth, and harvest into which are woven strong strands of handcraft, trade, and conservation. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. (J CALDECOT FICTION HALL DON)
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free. (J CALDECOT FICTION GOBLE PAU)
1978 Spier, Peter. NOAH’S ARK
A host of animals, in all shapes and sizes, parades across the colorful pages of this picture book. (J CALDECOT FICTION SPIER PET)
1977 Musgrove, Margaret. ASHANTI TO ZULU
Explains some traditions and customs of twenty-six African tribes beginning with the letters of the alphabet from A to Z. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION DT MUS)

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Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale that sets off a chain reaction and ends in jungle disaster. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. (J CALDECOT FICTION AARDEMA VER)
1975 McDermott, Gerald. ARROW TO THE SUN
In this Pueblo Indian tale, a young boy travels far and endures many hardships as he searches for his father and his own identity. (J CALDECOT FICTION MCDERMOT GER)
1974 Zemach, Harve and Margot. DUFFY AND THE DEVIL
Duffy was a lazy woman who lived with Squire Lovel of Trove. She hated to spin and knit for the Squire. One day, a little squinty-eyed creature with a long tale appeared before Duffy. He told her he would do all the spinning and knitting for three years if she could guess his name. If she could not, he would take her away. (J CALDECOT FICTION ZEMACH HAR)
1973 Mosel, Arlene. THE FUNNY LITTLE WOMAN
This is the delicious story of a little woman in Old Japan who liked to make dumplings out of rice and who also liked to laugh.Illustrated by Blair Lent. (J CALDECOT Fiction MOSEL ARL)
1972 Hogrogian, Nonny. ONE FINE DAY
A fox gets his tail cut off by an angry old woman. In order to get his tail back, the fox has to replace the milk he stole and drank. (J CALDECOT FICTION HOGROGIAN NON)
1971 Haley, Gail E. A STORY, A STORY
Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaki Anansi the “spider man,” are called “spider stories.” This book is about how that came to be. (J CALDECOT FICTION HALEY GAI)
Sylvester Duncan lived with his father and mother at Acorn Road in Oatsdale. One of his hobbies was collecting pebbles of unusual shape or color. One rainy day he found a magic pebble that had the power to grant all wishes. (J CALDECOT FICTION STEIG WIL)
A Russian tale that shows God loves simple folk, and turns things to their advantage in the end. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. (J CALDECOT FICTION RANSOME ART)
1968 Emberley, Barbara. DRUMMER HOFF
A story sequence of preparing a cannon to be fired, but Drummer Hoff fired it off. Illustrated by Ed Emberley. (J CALDECOT FICTION EMBERLEY BAR)
1967 Ness, Evaline. SAM, BANGS AND MOONSHINE
Samantha is a fisherman’s daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams and tries to determine the difference between her dreams and reality. (J CALDECOT FICTION NESS EVA)
1966 Leodhas, Sorche. ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE
A story derived from an old Scottish nursery tale about Lachie MacLachlan, a generous hero. (J CALDECOT FICTION LEODHAS SOR)
1965 De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk. MAY I BRING A FRIEND?
What could be more natural, when invited by the King and Queen to tea, than to ask to bring a friend? Illustrated by Beni Montresor. (J CALDECOT FICTION DE REGNIERS BEA)
1964 Sendak, Maurice. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
A little boy named Max tames some very big monsters and is named “King of all the Wild Things.” (J CALDECOT FICTION SENDAK MAU)
1963 Keats, Ezra Jack. THE SNOWY DAY
One winter morning Peter enjoys the freshly fallen snow. (J CALDECOT FICTION KEATS EZR)

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1962 Brown, Marcia. ONCE A MOUSE.

A mighty tiger cannot believe he was once a lowly mouse, changed by an old hermit into various animals, including a cat and a dog. (J CALDECOT FICTION BROWN MAR)
An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season. Illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov. (J CALDECOT FICTION ROBBINS RUTH)
1960 Ets, Marie Hall. NINE DAYS TO CHRISTMAS
Describes the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas during the Christmas time. (J CALDECOT FICTION ETS MAR)
959 Chaucer, Geoffrey. CHANTICLEER AND THE FOX
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery. Based on a story from The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. (J CALDECOT FICTION CHAUCER GEO)
1958 McCloskey, Robert. TIME OF WONDER
Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine. (J CALDECOT FICTION MCCLOSKEY ROB)
1957 Urdy, Janice. A TREE IS NICE
Both amusing and factual, this is a joyous account of what trees can mean to a child. Illustrated by Marc Simont. (J CALDECOT FICTION UDRY JAN)
1956 Langstaff, John. FROG WENT A-COURTIN’
A popular ballad is made into a story about Mr. Frog and Miss Mouse, and all the small animals and insects who take part in their wedding. Illustrated by Feodor Rojanovsky. (J CALDECOT FICTION LANGSTAFF JOH)
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper. Illustrated by Marcia Brown. (J CALDECOT FICTION PERRAULT CHA)
1954 Bemelmans, Ludwig. MADELINE’S RESCUE
Rescued by a dog, Madeline and her classmates decide to adopt it. (J CALDECOT FICTION BEMELMANS LUD)
1953 Ward, Lynd. THE BIGGEST BEAR
Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble. (J CALDECOT FICTION WARD LYN)
1952 Will and Nicolas. FINDERS KEEPERS
Will and Nap dug and dug, and at last they found a bone. (J CALDECOT FICTION WILL NIC)
1951 Milhous, Katherine. THE EGG TREE
Katy and Carl spent a wonderful Easter on a Pennsylvania farm with their cousins and Grandmother. They took part in their first Easter Egg hunt, which turned out to be most exciting when Katy found something special in the attic. (J CALDECOT FICTION MILHOUS KAT)
A story of the friendship between Juan, a little boy in the California town of Capistrano, and Julian, the old gardener and bell-ringer at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. (J CALDECOT FICTION POLITI LEO)

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1949 Hader, Berta and Elmer. THE BIG SNOW

The authors show how winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations. (J CALDECOT FICTION HADER BER)
1948 Tresselt, Alvin. WHITE SNOW, BRIGHT SNOW
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard. Illustrated by Robert Duvoisin. (J CALDECOT FICTION TRESSELT ALV)
1947 MacDonald, Golden. THE LITTLE ISLAND
Relates the ways in which the changing seasons affect a tiny island and its plant and animal life. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. (J CALDECOT FICTION MACDONALD GOL)
1946 Petersham, Maud and Miska. THE ROOSTER CROWS
Well-known nursery rhymes, counting out games, skipping-rope songs, finger games, and other jingles beloved by American children for generations are included in this title. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION PP PET)
1945 Field, Rachel. PRAYER FOR A CHILD
This is a prayer written for one little girl, but it is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. (J CALDECOT FICTION FIELD RAC)
1944 Thurber, James. MANY MOONS
After falling ill from eating too many raspberry tarts, Princess Lenore is convinced that possessing the moon is the only cure to her ailment, but only the lowly court jester can help her solve her problem. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. (J CALDECOT FICTION THURBER AM)
1943 Burton, Virginia Lee. THE LITTLE HOUSE
The little house has many changes in the surroundings around her. When she was old and shabby, she had an unexpected chance to escape. (J CALDECOT FICTION BURTON VIR)
1942 McCloskey, Robert. MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard search for a safe place to raise their ducklings. (J CALDECOT FICTION MCCLOSKEY ROB)
1941 Lawson, Robert. THEY WERE STRONG AND GOOD
Lawson tells of the childhood impressions of the average Americans who were his grandparents and parents. (J CALDECOT FICTION LAWSON ROB)
1940 D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION CV LIN)
1939 Handforth, Thomas. MEI LI
After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year's Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God. (J CALDECOT FICTION HANDFORTH THO)
1938 Lathrop, Dorothy. ANIMALS OF THE BIBLE
A picture book of the most memorable animals of Biblical stories with passages from Bible text. (J CALDECOT NON FICTION BL LAT)

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