Last Monday, I published the statistics of Caldecott publishers from the last 20 years. This week, I offer the results of my spreadsheeting for The Newbery Award. Sampled years: 1996 to 2015 (20 years.) Two comparative highlights:
The Newbery gold and silver medals have gone to fewer publishers than the Caldecott medals. (28/13 for Newbery and 32/17 for Caldecott.)
The Newbery Gold Medal winners are mostly female while women have only won four Caldecott gold. (13x vs 4x)
Again I ask the Children’s Lit experts in the field to correct information when you spot errors so I can update and make this report more accurate for everyone.
Summary by the number, from 1996 to 2015:
- 84 Winning and Honored Titles total (20 winner and 64 honor)
- 19 Individuals won — (Kate DiCamillo won the gold medal twice.)
- 12 women are named award winners (63%)
- 4 Winners are POC: Kwame Alexander, Christopher Paul Curtis, Cynthia Kadohata, and Linda Sue Park
- 41 Honor titles are written by women and 23 are written by men (64% vs 36%).
- Multiple winners of Gold + Silver seals: 4 times: Jacqueline Woodson; 3 times: Christopher Paul Curtis (1 gold), Kate DiCamillo (1 gold), Jennifer Holm; 2 times: Richard Peck (1 gold), Jack Gantos (1 gold), Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech (1 gold), Kevin Henkes, Laura Amy Schlitz (1 gold), Jim Murphy, Gary D. Schmidt, and Patricia Reilly Giff.
Imprints & Publishers
- 28 Different Imprints
- 13 Different Publishers after consolidation*
* Please bear in mind that due to the nature of large companies incorporating smaller publishers with previous wins, the accounting can not be perfect. (FSG, for example, was independent, then part of Macmillan.)
* 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.
The reddish area represents about 50% of the total, split between 7 imprints while 21 other imprints share the rest 50%. Clarion had a large share and now counts as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. FSG did exceedingly well as a small publishing house (Frances Foster and Melanie Kroupa were both acknowledged as their imprints) before becoming part of Macmillan. So did Henry Holt, now also part of Macmillan.
Nancy Paulsen, Joanna Cotler, Frances Foster, Richard Jackson,Melanie Kroupa, and Wendy Lamb are all editors with their own named imprints, making up for almost 10% of the total.
Newbery Wins by Publisher
The reddish area represents about 89.5% of the total, split between 8 publishers while 5 other publishers took home 10% (7 titles) of the win. Penguin and Random House are still counted separately even though they are technically merged. Together, these two publishers combined would have 30% (25 titles) share of the total wins for the last 20 years. Front Street is no longer a stand-along publisher and their backlist titles are now sold by Boyds Mills and also absorbed into Namelos, under the steerage of Steven Roxburgh, former publisher of Front Street.