New York Times Picks 2011’s Best Illustrated Books For Kids

November 4, 2011

Each year, for the last 59 years, the New York Times has picked the 10 best illustrated children’s books in November; just in time for holiday gift giving. This year’s judges were:  Lucy Calkins, the Richard Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at Teachers College of Columbia University; Jeanne Lamb, the coordinator of youth collections at The New York Public Library;  and Sophie Blackall, an author and artist who has illustrated 24 books for children including one of last year’s selections, Big Red Lollipop.

The Books will be highlighted in the Sunday, November 13th Book Review.

This year’s selections, in alphabetical order 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);

and “A New Year’s Reunion” written by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang (Candlewick Press).