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Newbery Jump, Caldecott Bump 2021

One great side effect of winning the Newbery and Caldecott Medals? The awards really move the needle in terms of sales. As soon as When You Trap a Tiger (Newbery) and We Are Water Protectors (Caldecott) were announced, librarians and booksellers around the country got busy tracking down copies. Often times, the Newbery and Caldecott winners can be hard to find for a few weeks until more copies can be printed (which is happening as we speak).

So, it’s been over week since the Newbery and Caldecott were handed out – how are the winners faring on the New York Times Bestseller lists?

First up, Newbery.

When You Trap a Tiger debuted at #9 on the Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover list. Click here to see the entire list.

And for Caldecott?

We Are Water Protectors arrives at #3 on the Children’s Picture Book list. Click here to see the entire list.

It’s also common for Newbery and Caldecott Honor books to make the New York Times lists. None have showed up this first week, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the situation.

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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.

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