Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: End of October Edition
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NY Times Book Review 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011

In light of my current focus on picture books (I'm a round one judge for the Cybils for Fiction Picture Books, and it's Picture Book Month), I thought that I would share this news release (received from Goodman Media). I've only read three of the ten books, but I consider all three to be exceptional.

The New York Times Book Review Announces Annual List Of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Special Children's Books Section Featured in November 13 Issue

NEW YORK, November 3, 2011 – The New York Times Book Review has announced its list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011. The annual special Children's Book section will run in the November 13 Sunday Times Book Review and will feature the 10 books, which a panel of judges selected from among the several thousand children's books published this year. 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.  

The Book Review's 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books for 2011 are:

  • Along a Long Road,” written and illustrated by Frank Viva (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • A Ball for Daisy,” written and illustrated by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade)
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures,” written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton (Chronicle Books)
  • Grandpa Green,” written and illustrated by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press)
  • Ice,” written and illustrated by Arthur Geisert (Enchanted Lion Books)
  • I Want My Hat Back,” written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
  • Me … Jane,” written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Migrant,” written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood Books)
  • A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis,” written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Dial)
  • A New Year’s Reunion,” written by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang (Candlewick Press)

The children's books editor for The New York Times Book Review is Pamela Paul.  The judges this year were Jeanne Lamb, coordinator, Youth Collections at The New York Public Library; Lucy Calkins, Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Sophie Blackall, an author and artist who has illustrated 24 books for children, including one of last year’s Best Illustrated winners, “Big Red Lollipop,” as well as, “Are You Awake?”  “The Crows of Pearblossom” and “Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children,” all published this year.

The New York Times Best Illustrated awards will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.