New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2013

Best Children's Books

Not sure what to get a special child in your life for the holidays? You could never go wrong with a good book! The New York Times Book Review recently announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013. The books were featured in the November 10 Sunday Times Book Review in a special Children’s Book section.

The Book Review’s 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2013 are:

1. My Brother’s Book, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Ages 14-18)

2. Ballad, written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick (Ages 8-12)

3. Jemmy Button, written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali (Ages 4-7)

4. The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Ages 0-3)

5. Holland, written and illustrated by Charlotte Dematons (Ages 4-8)

6. Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Ages 4-8)

7. Fog Island, written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer (Ages 4-8)

8. Jane, The Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Ages 10-14)

9. Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Ages 4-10)

10. Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Ages 4-8)


Since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of three judges from the world of children’s literature to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Each year, judges choose from among thousands of books for what is the only annual award of its kind. This year’s judges were Caldecott medalist Brian Selznick, who has twice won The New York Times Best Illustrated award for Walt Whitman: Words for America, by Barbara Kerley, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Elizabeth R. Bird, a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library who is the author of the picture book Giant Dance Party; and Steve Heller, longtime art director at The Times who is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department and Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs as well as Visuals columnist for The New York Times Book Review.