Here is a list of books on the recommended list for a book sharing project for first graders. These books are winners of the Caldecott Medal, which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book.

Year Title Author
1990 Lon Po Po Young
1989 Song and Dance Man Ackerman
1987 Owl Moon Yolen
1986 Polar Express Van Allsburg
1984 Glorious Flight Provenson
1983 Shadow Cendars
1982 Jumanji Van Allsburg
1981 Fables Lobel
1980 Ox Cart Man Cooney
1979 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Goble
1978 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Dillons
1973 The Funny Little Woman Lent
1971 A Story A Story Haley
1970 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Steig
1968 Drummer Hoff Emberley
1967 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine Ness
1966 Always Room for One More Hogrogian
1965 May I Bring a Friend<?/td> Montresor
1963 The Snowy Day Keats
1962 Once a Mouse Brown
1960 Baboushka and the Three Kings Sidjakov
1959 Chanticleer and the Fox Cooney
1958 Time of Wonder McCloskey
1957 A Tree is Nice Simont
1956 Frog Went A-Courtin’ Rojankovsky
1954 Madeline’s Rescue Bemelmans
1953 The Biggest Bear Ward
1952 Finders Keepers Mordvinoff
1951 The Egg Tree Milhous
1950 Song of the Swallows Politi
1949 The Big Snow Hader
1948 White Snow, Bright Snow Duvoisin
1947 The Little Island Weisgard
1946 The Rooster Crows Petersham
1944 Many Moons Thurber
1943 The Little House Burton
1942 Make Way for Ducklings McCloskey
1941 They Were Strong and Good Lawson
1939 Mei Li Handforth

You’ll likely be able to find copies of these books in the local library. You may also have noticed that not all Caldecott Medal books are included. It is likely this is because not all books are most suited for first graders.

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