Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Candlewick Press

The book cover of "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett features a cutaway view of two boys with shovels in a deep, narrow hole. On the ground above them, a cat peers into the hole. To the right of the hole a young tree has three apples on it. The Caldecott Honor seal has been affixed to the center right edge.


Klassen’s use of texture, shape and earth tones in this deceptively simple book invite readers into the experience of two boys, who, accompanied by their dog, set out to dig a hole. Readers will find an unexpected treasure and be challenged to ponder the meaning of “spectacular.”

Awards Won

Title Year
Caldecott Medal Image Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually 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.
2015 - Honor(s)