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Newbery Jump, Caldecott Bump 2020

It’s been a few weeks since the Newbery and Caldecott medals were handed out. Why don’t we take a look to see how the winners are faring on the New York Times Bestseller list?

First up, The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson.

After a previous one-week stint on the list in 2019, The Undefeated returned post Caldecott (and Newbery Honor) to the #6 slot last week. This week it moved down to #10.

Second up, New Kid by Jerry Craft.

The best selleryness of New Kid is a bit harder to track, as graphic novels are a monthly, not weekly, list. But the February list is out and New Kid is currently at #9. It will be interesting to see if it continues to rise next month.

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. Kelsey DeWitt says:

    Love the book Undefeated! Can’t go wrong with a book written by Kwame Alexander! I have not read New Kid yet, but I’m interested to see what that one is like. It looks like more diverse books are winning awards, which is great to see!