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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.


  • 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?

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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.

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.