Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of the New York Times’ notable children’s books of the year and women

1 Jan

Authors
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai
The Jacket by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Central protagonists
Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai (with the titular Hannah)
Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti (half-relevant; with the titular Gretel)
The Jacket by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova (with an apparently unnamed girl)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (a memoir, with the selfsame Jacqueline)
El Deafo by Cece Bell (a memoir, with the selfsame Cece)
Rain Reign by Ann M. Marin (with Rose)
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney (with Amira)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (a memoir, with the selfsame Raina)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (half-relevant; with Jude)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (with Hayley)
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (with Rosie)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (with Cadence)

14 out of 25 (or 56%) titles have female authors.

Within that, 5 out of 9 (or 55%) of picture books, 5 out of 10 (or 50%) of middle grade books, and 4 out of 6% (or 66%) of young adult books have female authors.

12 out of 25 (or 48%) titles have female central protagonists; 10 out of 25 (or 40%) have only a female central protagonist.

Within that, 3 out of 9 (or 33%) of picture books, 5 out of 10 (or 50% of middle grade books, and 4 out of 6 (or 66%) of young adult books have female central protagonists.

3 out of the 14 (or 21%) of the titles are memoirs.

–your fangirl heroine.

what the hell ever

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