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I wanted to know which publisher has put out the most Caldecott-winning books over the last 20 years, so I looked at the data.

But take these numbers with a grain of salt.

The totals were a bit difficult to compile, mostly due to the numerous acquisitions that have taken place in publishing over the last two decades. Harcourt, for example, had some Caldecott Honor/Medal wins before they joined Houghton Mifflin on 2007. I included those in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt total, rather than giving Harcourt their own row.

For imprints, I attributed their Caldecott totals to the larger house they are affiliated with. Roaring Brook Press, for instance, has a number of Caldecott Honor/Medal winning books. I included those with the numbers for Macmillan.

Also something to consider – I don’t have the number of books published overall, so it could be that the houses at the top also put out the most books per year.

Here are the numbers I came up with (leave a comment if you see something I missed):

Caldecott Pubs Update

Anything jump out to you?

Edited to Add:

Thanks to Monica for cluing me in that Fairrosa Cyber Library wrote about this same topic back in August. Not only that, she blows my chart-making skills out of the water – so you should head over there to have a look. Click here to read.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Ha! Roxanne did something very similar this past August: http://fairrosa.com/2015/08/02/who-publishes-caldecott-winning-titles-1996-2015/

    • Travis Jonker says:

      Oh, wow – I need to take some chart-making lessons from her too – she did a nice job! I’ll add her link to the post. Thanks for letting me know Monica!

  2. Brenda Bowen says:

    Hi Travis — I know Schwartz & Wade/Random published Caldecott Medal-winner A BALL FOR DAISY, by Chris Raschka, but what is Random’s second Medal-winner during the period?

    • Travis Jonker says:

      Brenda – thanks for the check in on this. I double checked and I had mistakenly attributed one of the Penguin imprint wins to Random House. Thank you! I made the change on the graph.

  3. I wonder which agent or agency has signed the most Caldecott and/or Newbery winning artists and writers? Do you happen to have any data on this topic?

  4. Wendy Jo Bradshaw says:

    Thanks for sharing this.