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What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Caldecott?

A while back, I learned that a surprisingly high number of Newbery Medal/Honor winners win multiple times during their career.

But what about Caldecott? Last year around this time, I wondered if we would ever have another repeat Caldecott Medal winner. That question was answered pretty quickly

So I dug through the data (and might have set the record for time spent here) to find out how many Caldecott Medal/Honor winners win more than once.

*Notes*

  • I crunched the numbers up through 2010. I stopped there because more recent winners may still win again.
  • By my calculations, there were 168 individuals who were awarded Caldecott Medals/Honors during that time.

What does the data show?

(Click graph to enlarge)

Wow – I didn’t expect the number of repeat winners (47%) to be so high! Nearly half of all Caldecott Medal/Honor winners (between 1938 and 2010) have won multiple awards. That’s a big surprise to me. Much higher than the number of Newbery repeats.

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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.