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Newbery Metrics: The Newbery and the Illustrators

Steven Herb


I began reading Newbery Medal and Honor Books in elementary school, so I have been aware of the award for nearly three quarters of the life of children’s literature’s most famous prize. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (1944) was an early favorite of mine, probably because of the Boston setting and Johnny’s painful adventure with molten silver.


We regret the omission of Grace Lin from the “Double Dipping” list on page 24. Grace is also a member of this exceptional group of author-illustrators who have garnered both Newbery and Caldecott recognition. She received a 2010 Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and a 2019 Caldecott Honor for A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Congratulations, Grace!

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