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>What are the odds?

>The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books have been announced; as commenter Ruth notes on a previous post, the gender score is eight to two. Elsewhere in the Times‘s special section on children’s books I review Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Levine/Scholastic).

I note with only fortuitous smugness that the last time I judged this list, in 2005, we selected five male and five female illustrators. But I didn’t know this until now, as Henrike Wilson (winning for Brave Charlotte) and Alexis Deacon (for Jitterbug Jam) didn’t come to the party.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >…Also interesting that in that year (2005), six of the books were written by someone other than the illustrator…

  2. Andy Laties says:

    >Hey I have an idea. Why don’t they do it the way they do sports leagues and the Olympics.

    Championship Mens Children’s Book Illustration and Championship Women’s Children’s Book Illustration.

  3. >But then there would be all that trouble with drug testing.

  4. >>>Elsewhere in the Times’s special section on children’s books I review Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Levine/Scholastic).< < And did you happen to notice how comparatively few books by women were reviewed in the special section?

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