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Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013

That’s right, it’s officially “Best” season. And we’re kicking things off with a list that I look forward to each year – The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. The list was announced yesterday (official press release) and as usual, it’s a beautiful and diverse group of books.

Let’s meet the class of 2013.

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak (Michael de Capua Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

Ballad by Blexbolex (Enchanted Lion Books)

Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali (Templar Publishing/Candlewick Press)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown and Company)

Holland by Charlotte Dematons (Lemniscaat)

Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Press)

Fog Island written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon Press)

Jane, The Fox and Me by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Richard Jackson/Atheneum)

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

This list is nearly impossible to predict. Would I have guessed books by legends Maurice Sendak and Tomi Ungerer would have been among the ten? I would not. I hadn’t read Ballad when I put together my Wildest Books of 2013 list, but after reading it last week I’m giving it an honorary spot there. I love seeing a graphic novel, the outstanding Jane, the Fox and Me, among this group. And, as always, I’ll be running off to check out some of the books here that weren’t on my radar – Holland, anyone?

What stands out to you?

Click here for a gallery of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Super dat Charlotte Dematons in de top 10 staat!

  2. Thank you, Travis. I love seeing visuals from the books on the list!

  3. Sam Bloom says:

    I just saw Holland for the first time yesterday on the cart of new books – and it is truly gorgeous. I’d love to see a book like that about Cincinnati, it’s so much fun to just pour over the details. I’m sure kids in Holland will freak out over seeing places they recognize in such a beautiful package!

    I love to see Kadir win anything, and Locomotive is just brilliant. I’ve had Jane, the Fox, and Me at home forever – obviously that needs to move to the top of my pile. It took me a minute, but I recognize Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrations because she did the Helen Keller title from the Center for Cartoon Studies series, which is pretty remarkable in and of itself.

    I agree, thanks for including visuals from the books, Travis!

  4. Adrienne says:

    I haven’t seen several of these yet, so I’ve been putting them on hold. I love The Dark. That’s one of my favorites this year.

  5. cheryllovestoread says:

    Yeah Journey!!

  6. Endgry says:

    I’d love to see a book like that about Cincinnati, it’s so much fun to just pour over the details. I’m sure kids in Holland will freak out over seeing places they recognize in such a beautiful package!

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