100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

We Publish Caldecott Winners

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.

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.


  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.