Don't Judge a Book by a Sticker on the Cover: A Readability Study of the Newbery Award Winners, 1922-2010 Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
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  • Stevens, Katharina A.
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
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  • This study examines the readability of the Newbery Award winners (1922-2010) to determine if children's books have declined in difficulty, specifically sentence and vocabulary complexity. Five readability tests - Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Gunning Fog Index, SMOG, and Lexile Measures - were used to obtain the average readability level of each winner. The books of poetry were not included in this study. The average readability grade of the Newbery winners has dropped one or two grade levels over its eighty year history.
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  • Sturm, Brian
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