The New York Times List of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013 was released today, and here it is:
Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick)
Ballad, written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick (Enchanted Lion)
Jane, The Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood/House of Anansi)
Holland, written and illustrated by Charlotte Dematons (Lemniscaat)
Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Jackson/Atheneum)
My Brother’s Book, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (di Capua/HarperCollins)
The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown)
Jemmy Button, written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali (Templar/Candlewick)
Fog Island, written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon)
Here is a link to the official press release, which identifies the panel of judges and describes the award’s purpose: the judges select books “on the basis of artistic merit.” The implication, to me, is that this award is for the art itself and not necessarily for how the art works within the picture book. Which, I’m (finally) beginning to understand, is more the focus of the Caldecott. (Caveat caveat caveat: I’m an outsider here. All mistakes and misconstructions are my own.) Note too that there is no nationality/residency requirement for the NYT list: it has a distinctly international flavor. Kudos to the judges for that.
Nevertheless, there is some overlap with the list of books we put together to discuss this fall on Calling Caldecott. We’ve already posted on Locomotive; Robin will post on Journey tomorrow, and The Dark is coming soon to a corner of the basement near you.