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Gallery: NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021

I say this and I mean it – if I can predict just one of the books on the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list, I am satisfied.

With so many books being eligible, it’s incredibly tough to predict. The list was just announced. How did I do with my 2021 predictions?

Two! I got two out of ten. Time is a Flower and Unspeakable. I’ll take it. If you include my additional “just for kicks” list (which Colby Sharp has unjustifiably made fun of me for (side note: how dare he?)) I got two more. But I don’t count those, because they were just for kicks.

Congratulations to the creators of the 2021 list. It’s a wonderful group of books.

Here’s the list. Click images to enlarge.

Written and illustrated by Raúl the Third
Colors by Elaine Bay

Written and illustrated by Marie Dorléans

Written and illustrated by Tom Gauld

Written and illustrated by Julie Morstad

Written by Mick Jackson
Illustrated by John Broadley

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Written and illustrated by Brian Floca

Written and illustrated by Kim Hyo-eun
Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

Written by Nadine Robert
Illustrated by Gérard DuBois

Written and illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

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.