When Caldecott Medals Are Born
A couple years back, I tried to figure out which month birthed the most Newbery Medals.
Now it’s time for Caldecott.
Similar to my Newbery assumption, I figured the most Caldecott medals would come from the pumpkin-spiced months. Adding to this is the fact that if you look at previous Caldecott winners with books out this year, many have been hitting shelves this fall (Henkes, Stead, Selznick, to name a few).
So I compiled the publication dates for the last 20 years of medal winners and here’s how things shook out:
September is the most common publication month for Caldecott Medal winners in the last 20 years. Also worth noting is that while August-September is the three-month stretch containing the most medals, the first half and second half of the year are equal (ten each). February, June, July, November, and December are all Caldecott black holes for the last 20 years.
Anything jump out to you?
Showing my work time. Here were the publication dates of the last 20 Caldecott Medal winners as best as I could track them down. If you disagree with a date, let me know.
2015: The Adventures of Beekle: April 8, 2014
2014: Locomotive: September 3, 2013
2013: This Is Not My Hat: October 9, 2012
2012: A Ball for Daisy: May 10, 2011
2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee: May 25, 2010
2010: The Lion & the Mouse: September 1, 2009
2009: The House in the Night: May 5, 2008
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret: January 30, 2007
2007: Flotsam: September 4, 2006
2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window: April 26, 2005
2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon: March 2, 2004
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers: Sepember 5, 2003
2003: My Friend Rabbit: May 1, 2002
2002: The Three Pigs: April 23, 2001
2001: So You Want to Be President?“: August 21, 2000
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: October 1, 1999
1999: Snowflake Bentley: September 28, 1998
1998: Rapunzel: October 1, 1997
1997: Golem: January 28, 1996
1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria: September 28, 1995
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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