Who’s Published the Most Newbery Winners in the Last 25 Years?
With the YMAs coming up, I have Newbery on the brain.
So I wanted a nice cut-and-dried post that would answer the following question: Which publisher has published the most Newbery Medal winners over the last 25 years?
Then I started crunching the numbers. Oh, right, imprints. Oh, yeah, mergers. Things quickly got a little messy, so I got back to basics.
Here’s how I approached it. Newbery wins for all imprints were credited to the parent company (ex. a Newbery Medal for an Atheneum book is given to Simon & Schuster), with the exception of Penguin Random House books. Since Penguin and Random House still seem to have their own publishing umbrellas, I credited their wins to either Penguin or Random House and pretended the two weren’t one big company.
Here, then, are how the numbers shook out:
HarperCollins leads the way with six Newbery Medals in the last 25 years (including the Greenwillow, Clarion, and Quill Tree imprints), with Candlewick and Random House tied for second with four each.
Anything surprise you here?
I’ll be giving this a go with Caldecott next. Stay tuned . . .
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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