Inspired by Barbara Genco’s Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!), I did a little bit of my own unscientific investigation playing with a spreadsheet and a couple of charts: for the past 20 years of Caldecott winners and honor titles. There are people more knowledgeable about the publisher/imprint situation and also where they are located (and were located when each individual title won the award) so please feel free to comment and correct. I will update the blog entry when corrections are received and verified.
Summary by the number, from 1996 to 2015:
- 87 titles received gold and silver medals (20 winner, 67 honor)
- 18 individual Caldecott winning illustrators (David Wiesner and Chris Raschka both won twice)
- 4 women were named medal winners (20%)
- Out of the 67 honored titles, some illustrators were named more than once like Jerry Pinkney: 4x, Mo Willems, Brian Collier, and Peter Sis: 3x, Kadir Nelson, Melissa Sweet, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Jon Klassen, 2x — not an exhaustive list, and some honored illustrators were also winners in other years, such as Jon Klassen, Brian Selznick, and David Wiesner.
- 58 out of the 87 titles are illustrated by men (67%)
Imprints & Publishers
- 32 individually named imprints
- 17 publishers were named (after some consolidation*)
- 10 titles are from publishers that do not operate mainly from the NYC offices – as to the best of my knowledge: Candlewick: 4x, Chronicle: 1x, Eerdmans: 2x, Harcourt: 3x, Beach Lane: 1x (11%)
* Please bear in mind that due to the nature of large companies incorporating smaller publishers with previous wins, the accounting can not be perfect. (Roaring Brook, for example, was independent, then part of Millbrook, and now part of Macmillan, which in turn is actually a part of an even bigger company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.)
* Also recognize that children’s book publishing is a small world and there are but a few dozen companies operating in the U.S., eligible for the award.
Here are the two charts I made. If you can’t see them here, please click on the links.
Caldecott Wins: By Imprint — The reddish area represents about 60% of the pie
Caldecott Wins: By Publisher — The reddish area represents about 87% of the pie
The information gathered for these charts are from the Official Caldecott Award Page. Readers might find it of interest to browse older winners and honor titles and discovered more facts, such as:
Finding some publishing names no longer with us: Lothrop, Bradbury, Scribner, Four Winds and the “original” Macmillan Children’s publishing group.
Some years the same publisher is awarded 2-3 times, for example: Orchard in 1997, 3 wins; Macmillan in 1972, 3 wins; Harper in 1971 2 wins
Before 1980s, Newbery and Caldecott were the SAME committee.