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New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012

Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the NewYork Times Book Review list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of the year. I was going over lists from year's past and, out of the ten books chosen, the judges seem to be very in tune with the ALA. Since 2000 there has been a Caldecott honoree (sometimes more than one) on every list and the Caldecott winner on almost all of the lists. There are always three judges -  a picture book illustrator, a journalist and an academic and they frequently include a NYC-centric book on the list. This year's judges are Chris Raschka (winner of last year's Caldecott Medal and one of the ten books on the NYTimes Best Illustrated Children's Books of the year, A Ball for Daisy,) Bruce Handy, journalist for Vanity Fair and Cathryn Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. 

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012

illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Ted Kooser

by illustrated by Albertine, written  by Germano Zullo

Bear Despair 
by Gaëtan Dorémus (to be reviewed on 11/12)

by Henry Cole

The Beetle Book 
by Steve Jenkins

 The Hueys in THE NEW SWEATER 
by Oliver Jeffers

 Red Knit Cap Girl 
by Naoko Stoop

 One Times Square 
by Joe McKendry

 Infinity and Me 
illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska, written by Kate Hosford

 Stephen and the Beetle 
illustrated by Chiara Carrer, written by Jorge Luján


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