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Two Sundays of the year are worthy of the title of today’s post, and they are both made possible by the good people at the New York Times Book Review.  Two times each year, the Book Review has a special section completely devoted to children’s books – once in November obviously timed for holiday shopping and the other focused on summer reading.  When I see the section in the paper, I pull it aside and lay it on the kitchen table like a shiny package waiting to be opened. I don’t go near it until the laundry is done, the papers are graded and everything is in order.  Today’s bright red Lucy Cousins illustration jumped out at me all day, and it was fun to walk by and challenge myself not to peek!

So…I just read it cover to cover, and what I was thinking was this: the speculation about the death of the picture book may be overstated. The supplement is full of articles about creative and innovative picture books that would delight any 21st century child.  Mirror, the new book by Jeannie Baker, tells two stories and the pages open in different directions.  Hard to do that with an app.

I was in happy agreement with their selection of the ten Best Illustrated Books of the year, and so if you are ready to start shopping for the children on your list, you can’t go wrong with any of these books:



Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Seasons by Blexbolex

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Kahn

Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Erin E. Stead

Subway by Christoph Niemann

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee


My own Top 3 from this list are: Bink & Gollie, A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Children Make Terrible Pets.  Happy Shopping!


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