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Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!)

math_funInspired by Stephen Savage’s article on Brooklyn children’s book folks, Barbara Genco, special projects manager for our sister publication Library Journal — and a proud Brooklynite — sent us her “very unscientific spreadsheet” of Brooklyn-connected Caldecott Medal winners and Honor winners from 1960-2015.

W-O-W. By our back-of-the-envelope calculation (based on an already admittedly unscientific number, but just go with it for the big payoff) that’s about 30% of total Caldecott honorees over the past fifty-five years with a Brooklyn connection. Not even counting 2015 winner Dan Santat who, we know from his editor Connie Hsu’s Caldecott profile, was born there and moved when he was three (Brooklyn’s loss!).

What’s more, again looking at Barbara’s spreadsheet, there are only a handful of years in which a Brooklynite wasn’t recognized — just about fifteen — which means 73% of the past fifty-five years include a Brooklyn Caldecott honoree.

Something in the water indeed! Or maybe they’re just drinking that artisanal pickle juice.

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Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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  1. Jonathan Hunt says:
  2. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Math if fun, friend. So is reading 🙂 Ooh… burn… It’s all this Brooklyn stuff.
    “Not even counting 2015 winner Dan Santat who, we know from his editor Connie Hsu’s Caldecott profile, was born there and moved when he was three (Brooklyn’s loss!).”

  3. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Ha ha — so if spelling

  4. Roger, it can’t POSSIBLY be the artisanal pickles! Why? Because they are a new hipsterish thing–far too new to explain Brooklyn’s dominance.

    No, it’s probably the egg creams.

    And thanks for crunching the numbers.

  5. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Chocolate or vanilla?

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