November 24, 2015

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NYT Reveals Winners of 2013 Best Illustrated Kid Lit Award

NYT Best Illustrated Children's BooksThe New York Times Book Review announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books today, October 30. The selections include Maurice Sendak’s last children’s work and stellar offerings from Brian Floca, Kadir Nelson, and Fanny Brit.

The list has been published since 1952, curated every year by a panel of three independent judges from the world of children’s literature to honor picture books on the basis of artistic merit. This year’s panel is composed of Caldecott medalist and two-time winner Brian Selznick; SLJ blogger, author, and children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird; and Steve Heller, longtime art director at The Times. Children’s books editor for The New York Times Book Review Sarah Harrison Smith oversaw the panel.

The winning titles for 2013 are:

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak

Ballad by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick
Enchanted Lion

Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Little, Brown

Holland by Charlotte Dematons

Journey by Aaron Becker

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

Jane, The Fox and Me by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Locomotive by Brian Floca
S & S

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is Senior Editor of School Library Journal's Reviews and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She recently received her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.



  1. Does anyone know if the winners will be featured in this Sunday’s NY Times book review? They include a fall/holiday children’s issue about now.

    • Shelley Diaz Shelley Diaz says:

      Hi Laura,
      According to this NYT press release [], the winners will be featured in November 10 Sunday Times, in a special Children’s Book section.