Best Illustrated Books

November 10, 2006

On Sunday November 12, The New York Times will publish their selection of the Best Illustrated Books of 2006. A three-judge panel, different every year, has selected ten books out of the thousands published each year. This year the judges were: Donald Crews, the author of 2 Caldecott Honor books; Michael Patrick Hearn, author of “The Annotated Wizard of Oz” and The Victorian Fairy Tale Book”; and Judy Zuckerman, assistant director of neighborhood services for the Brooklyn Public Library.

A note for trivia buffs: Jerry Pinkney and Barbara McClintock have both won three times before, Lane Smith has won twice before and Uri Shulevitz has won once before. Lastly, Maurice Sendak has now won the award 22 times.

This year’s winners are: Hello Twins written and illustrated by Charlotte Voake; The Little Red Hen written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; John, paul, George & Ben written and illustrated by Lane Smith; The Red Lemon written and illustrated by Bob Staake; So Sleepy Story written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; Mommy? art by Maurice Sendak, scenario by Arthur Yorinks; Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; Adele and Simon written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock; Flotsam written and illustrated by David Wiesner; and Gone Wild: an endangered animal alphabet written and illustrated by David McLimans.