GalleyCat Exclusive: NY Times Unveils 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year List

By Maryann Yin Comment

unnamedThe New York Times Book Review has unveiled its annual list of the “10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of the year.

Shelf Awareness children’s editor Jennifer M. Brown, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca, and Caldecott Medal recipient Jerry Pinkney sat on this year’s judging panel. See the complete list below.

Here’s more from the press release: “Since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of three judges from the world of children’s literature to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Each year, judges choose from among thousands of picture books for what is the only annual award of its kind. Lists of past winners of the Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award can be found on, along with a slide show of this year’s winners.”

10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Draw! written and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Simon & Schuster)

Shackleton’s Journey written and illustrated by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)

The Promise written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick Press)

Where’s Mommy? written by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Schwartz & Wade)

Haiti, My Country written by Haitian schoolchildren and illustrated by Roge (Fifth House Publishers)

Time for Bed, Fred written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail (Walker Books/Bloomsbury)

The Baby Tree written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)

Harlem Hellfighters written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Gary Kelley (Creative Editions)

Here Is the Baby written by Polly Kanevsky and illustrated by Taeeyun Yoo (Schwartz & Wade)

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antione de Saint-Exupery written and illustrated by Peter Sís (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)