Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cybils Statistics: Fiction Picture Books

Every year I do a different run of stats for Cybils, depending what category I'm judging (or chairing). This year I am a Round 1 panelist for Fiction Picture Books and our finalists will be announced in just a few days! As a lead-up to that, I broke down our nominations to take a look at the characters featured in these stories. This isn't the absolute last word in data - there were 231 nominations, but I was unable to find all of them. I mainly recorded the data from titles that would reasonably be found in a library. A few books didn't fit into any of these categories and I left those out, or I couldn't remember specifically which category they'd fit best in (which reminded me that I should do this list simultaneously with reading/reviewing next time!).

If you notice any I got wrong, let me know! Also, feel free to leave awed encomiums to my memory, since I did this pretty much from memory (-:)

I thought it would also be interesting to break down the settings (rural, urban, suburban), geography, historical period and maybe even by type of book and activity the characters are involved in, but I didn't have time. Anyone else may feel free to do it...

Conclusions: Animals are overwhelmingly referred to as male. Especially bears. Even when it does not accord with actual animal behavior to make them the main character. Humans are about equal in gender, but I think there are slightly more female diverse characters.

Main Characters
  • Animal
    • Male (33)
      • Library book for bear by Bonny Becker
      • A piece of cake by LeYuen Pham
      • Almost fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Ering
      • Baby bear by Kadir Nelson
      • Bear Hug by Katherine McEwan
      • Bear's sea escape by Benjamin Chaud
      • Boa's bad birthday by Jeanne Willis
      • Brimsby's hats by Andrew Prahin
      • Calvin look out by Jennifer Berne
      • Charlie and the new baby by Ree Drummond
      • Chengdu could not, would not, fall asleep by Barney Saltzberg
      • Chu's first day of school by Neil Gaiman
      • Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
      • Clark the shark dares to share by Bruce Hale
      • Flight school by Lita Judge
      • Found by Salina Yoon
      • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
      • Hank has a dream by Rebecca Dudley
      • Here comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood
      • I'm my own dog by David Ezra Stein
      • Little Elliot big city by Mike Curato
      • Mister Bud wears the cone by Carter Goodrich
      • Paul meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
      • Pete the Cat and the New Guy by James Dean
      • Pig and Small by Alex Latimer
      • Puddle Pug by Kim Norman
      • Shh! My brother's napping by Ruth Ohi
      • Stanley the builder by William Bee
      • Pigeon needs a bath by Mo Willems
      • Rockabilly goats gruff by Jeff Crosby
      • World according to musk ox by Erin Cabatingan
      • This is a moose by Richard Morris
      • Three bears in a boat by David Soman
    • Female (8)
      • Elsa and the night by Jons Mellgren
      • Henny by Elizabeth Stanton
      • I am cow hear me moo by Jill Esbaum
      • Nancy knows by Cybele Young
      • Peggy by Anna Walker
      • Surprise by Mies van Hout
      • Lake where loon lives by Brenda Sturgis
      • I am otter by Sam Garton
    • Undetermined (or I can't remember)
      • A perfectly messed-up story by Patrick McDonnell
      • Big pigs by Leslie Helakoski
      • Bug on a bike by Chris Monroe
      • Early bird by Toni Yuly
      • First fire by Nancy Allen
      • Froodle by Antoinette Portis
      • Lost for words by Natalie Russell
      • Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
      • Some bugs by Angela Diterlizzi
      • Telephone by Mac Barnett
      • Christmas Cat by Maryann McDonald (can't remember gender of cat)
      • Mouse and the meadow by Chad Wallace
      • Short giraffe by Neil Flory
      • Weasels by Elys Dolan
  • Human (*for non-white, diverse characters)
    • Male (44) (*11)
      • Andrew Draws by David McPhail
      • Bad bye good bye by Deborah Underwood
      • Ben and Zip by Joanne Linden
      • Brother Hugo and the bear by Katy Beebe
      • *Dale, Dale, Dale by Rene Saldana
      • Dinosaur farm by Frann Preston-Gannon
      • Doug unplugs on the farm by Dan Yaccarino
      • E-I-E-I-O by Judy Sierra
      • Fix this mess by Tedd Arnold
      • Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
      • Fox's garden by Princess Camcam
      • *Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle
      • Goodnight ark by Laura Sassi
      • Gus and me by Keith Richards
      • How to lose a lemur by Franz Preston-Gannon
      • Hug machine by Scott Campbell
      • I love my hat by Douglas Florian
      • *Issun Boshi by Icinori
      • *Jacob's new dress by Sarah Hoffman
      • *Kay Kay's alphabet safari by Dana Sullivan
      • Kid Sheriff and the terrible toads by Bob Shea
      • *King for a day by Rukhsana Khan
      • *Knock Knock by Dad's dream for me by Daniel Beaty
      • Max and the won't-go-to-bed show by Mark Sperring
      • *Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress by Christine Baldaccino
      • My teacher is a monster by Peter Brown
      • Nana in the city by Lauren Castillo
      • *Ninja by Arree Chung
      • Norman, Speak by Caroline Adderson
      • Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
      • President Taft is stuck in the bath by Mac Barnett
      • Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes
      • Rules of summer by Shaun Tan
      • Sam and Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett
      • Baby tree by Sophie Blackall
      • Bambino and me by Zachary Hyman
      • Boy on the page by Peter Carnavas
      • Farmer and the clown by Marla Frazee
      • Grudge keeper by Mara Rockliff
      • *Soccer fence by Phil Bildner
      • Tooth fairy wars by Kate Coombs
      • This ORQ by David Elliott
      • *Two parrots by Rashin
      • What if by Anthony Browne
    • Female (52) (*18)
      • *Dance like starlight by Kristy Dempsey
      • *All different now by Angela Johnson
      • *Beauty and the Beast by H. Chuku Lee
      • *Chandra's magic light by Theresa Heine
      • *Dalia's wondrous hair by Laura Lacamara
      • *Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
      • Edda by Adam Auerbach
      • Edgar's second word by Audrey Vernick
      • Emily's blue period by Cathleen Daly
      • Fancy Nancy and the wedding of the century by Jan O'Connor
      • *Firebird by Misty Copeland
      • Flora and the penguin by Molly Idle
      • Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder
      • Frances Dean who loved to dance and dance by Birgitta Sif
      • Gabby Drama Queen by Joyce Grant
      • *Hana Hashimoto sixth violin by Chieri Uegaki
      • *Hands and hearts by Donna Jo Napoli
      • *Hannah's night by Komako Sakai
      • Happy birthday Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty
      • How to behave at a tea party by Madelyn Rosenberg
      • *I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel by Caryn Yakowitz
      • I love you just enough by Robbyn Smith
      • *Imani's moon by JaNay Brown Wood
      • *Irene's wish by Jerdine Nolen
      • Joy in Mudville by Bob Raczka
      • Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear
      • *Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Elya
      • Louise loves art by Kelly Light
      • Madame Martine by Sarah Brannen
      • *Maddi's fridge by Lois Brandt
      • Maple by Lori Nichols
      • Matilda's cat by Emily Gravett
      • Meanwhile back at the ranch by Anne Isaacs
      • *Mumbet's declaration of independence by Gretchen Woelfle
      • Ninja red riding hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
      • Please bring balloons by Lindsay Ward
      • Queen Victoria's bathing machine by Gloria Whelan
      • Rupert can dance by Jules Feiffer
      • Sometimes you barf by Nancy Carlson
      • Sparky by Jenny Offill
      • Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
      • Artist and the king by Julie Fortenberry
      • Best book in the world by Rilla Alexander
      • Girl and the bicycle by Mark Pett
      • *Girl who swallowed the sun by Zetta Elliott
      • Good Pie party by Liz Scanlon
      • *Hula-Hoopin' queen by Thelma Godin
      • Most magnificent thing by Ashley Spires
      • Tumbleweed baby by Anna Myers
      • Two speckled eggs by Jennifer Mann
      • Uni the unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
      • Winter is coming by Tony Johnston
  • Other (*diverse characters included)
    • Buddy and the bunnies in don't play with your food by Bob Shea (male monster)
    • Cat says meow by Michael Arndt
    • Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes (the seed and wind are the main characters)
    • *At the same moment, around the world by Clotilde Perrin (diverse cast of children, no central character)
    • *100 things that make me happy by Amy Schwartz (diverse cast of children, no central character)
    • Freddie and Gingersnap by Vincent Kirsch (male and female dragons)
    • Gigantosaurus by Johnny Duddle (group of male and female dinosaurs)
    • Have you seen my dragon by Steve Light (little boy, but main focus is dragon)
    • Help we need a title by Herve Tullet
    • Hug me by by Simona Ciraolo (male cactus)
    • If you happen to have a dinosaur by Linda Bailey
    • In my heart by Jo Witek
    • Junkyard by Mike Austin (robots - can't remember if they're referred to as male or not)
    • Letter lunch by Elisa Gutiarrez (boy and girl, possibly diverse, equal time)
    • Little Puppy and the big green monster by Mike Wohnoutka
    • May the stars drip down by Jeremy Chatelain
    • Mix it up by Herve Tullet
    • Monster needs a Christmas tree; Monster needs his sleep by Paul Czajak (male monster)
    • Monster party by Annie Bach
    • My big barefoot book of wonderful words
    • My love for you is the sun by Julie Hedlund
    • Nest by Jorey Hurley (robins are male and female, but no real characterization)
    • One big pair of underwear by Laura Gehl
    • Out of the blue by Alison Jay
    • Quest by Aaron Becker (boy and girl, equal time)
    • Robot burp head smartypants by Annette Simon
    • Sequoia by Tony Johnston
    • Shadow Chasers by Elly MacKay (boy and girl? equal time?)
    • Shh! we have a plan by Chris Haughton
    • Take away the A by Michael Escoffier
    • Big book of slumber by Giovanna Zoboli
    • *Blessings of Friendship treasury by Mary Engelbreit (groups of diverse children pictured)
    • Book with no pictures by B. J. Novak
    • Great big green by Peggy Gifford (groups of animals)
    • Mermaid and the shoe (female mermaid)
    • Only Alex Addleston in all these mountains by James Solheim (boy and girl, equal time)
    • Tweedles go electric by Monica Kulling (family, no member given more time)
    • *This is the greatest place by Brian Tse
    • Two by Kathryn Otoshi
    • What do you do with an idea? by Kobi Yamada (child, no gender specified)
    • What ship is not a ship by Harriet Ziefert
    • You are not small by Anna Kang (could be bears, but I think they're monsters)

2 comments:

keeper said...

Otter from 'I Am Otter' is actually a girl! Most people assume she's male, she's not :)

Jennifer said...

good catch! I updated that one. I do wonder how many of the animals actually are female, but my mind just defaulted to the male pronoun.