New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award Books

Winners from 1954 to 2019

2019 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award Winners

The Lost Cousins
Written & illustrated by B.B. Cronin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A 2019 NewYork Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book!From the wildly original creator of The Lost House comes an around-the-world seek-and-find adventure!

Grandad and his grandchildren are looking at an old photo album when Grandad realizes the children have never met their cousins who are scattered across the globe. It’s time to head off on an adventure to go visit them—but finding the long-lost cousins is harder than it sounds! From icy landscapes to bustling cities to vivid jungles, it seems Grandad’s got relatives everywhere, and these dazzling spreads are full of both cousins and objects for readers to find. With a dizzying array of dazzling spreads, this is the most global and adventurous LOST book yet and will keep kids (and their adults) entertained for hours on end!

Monkey on the Run
Written & illustrated by Leo Timmers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Papa Monkey and Little Monkey are on their way. But the street is very busy and they are moving so slowly! Little Monkey loses patience and jumps onto the fire engine. Up the ladder from there and he joins a TV crew! Then the garbage truck, an aquarium bus, a food cart for rabbits packed with carroty treats, Arctic animals traveling by snow globe, a jewel thief’s getaway car . . .

There is so much going on in the street, it’s become a playground!

Each vehicle in this wordless picture book contains a world of detail, activity and humor to share with curious toddlers.

Child of Glass
Written & illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A story about difference, exclusion, and ultimately self-acceptance, Child of Glass explores the interplay between inner and outer and the journey we have to go on to become ourselves.

Child of Glass is about Gisele, a fragile, strong, transparent girl who denounces the meanness that can mark life in the world. In sparse, poetic language that all of us, however young or old, can understand, Child of Glass reminds us of our birthright to become ourselves. Freedom isn’t about accepting what is; it’s about asking the questions and taking the actions that allow us to be at home in the world.

Beautifully illustrated in a painterly, drawn, and collaged style, this is a story of layers, textures, and transparencies in every sense. It is also a book that explores the possibilities of form to render idea, thereby providing connective tissue between the world of the book and life in the world.

“To draw is to tell. Everyone who feels emotion has something to tell. Emotions keep on changing, growing, as children do. My drawings and stories change with them.” So says Beatrice Alemagna, who was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973. Alemagna has written and illustrated dozens of children’s books, which have received numerous awards all over the world and have been translated into fourteen languages. She has also had solo exhibitions in France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, and Japan. Alemagna’s The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy is also published by Enchanted Lion.

I Miss My Grandpa
Written & illustrated by Jin Xiaojing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For fans of Ed Young and Peter Sis, this breathtaking picture book, from LBYR’s first Emerging Artist Award Winner, Jin Xiaojing, is the perfect read for anyone who has lost a loved one.

A young girl has never met her grandpa. He passed away before she was born, but she misses him every day. She often wonders…what did he look like? Grandma says: His face was shaped like the moon, his mouth was good at telling stories, and his hair was as curly as a bird’s nest. With the help of her grandma and the rest of her loving family, will this young girl be able to imagine her grandpa’s face in her mind—and feel the love that he shared with others?

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    My Brother's Book book
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    Infinity and Me book
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    5.3
    Jabberwocky book
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    5.0
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    The Red Lemon book
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    Adele & Simon book
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    Move! book
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    Hello Twins book
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    David Wisniewski
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    Lisbeth Zwerger, L. Frank Baum
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    Dogs Everywhere book
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    Gennadii Spirin, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
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    David Catrow, Kathryn Lasky
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    Barry Root, Carol P. Saul
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    Kimberly Bulcken Root, Candice F. Ransom
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    Paul O. Zelinsky, Anne Isaacs
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    Jerry Pinkney, Gloria Jean Pinkney
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    Dean Morrissey
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    Henrik Drescher
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    Jacqueline Chwast, Orel Protopopescu
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    Alan Snow
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    Susan Meddaugh
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    Trina Schart Hyman, Lloyd Alexander
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    William Steig
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    M. B. Goffstein
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    Helme Heine
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    Janina Domanska
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    Pierre Le-Tan
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    Klaus Ensikat, Marion Koenig
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    Lydia Dabcovich, Norma Farber
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    Robert D. San Souci, Daniel San Souci
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    Margaret Wise Brown
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    Eric von Schmidt, Peggy Clifford
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    James Weldon Johnson
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    Picture book
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    Picture book
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    Picture book
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    Picture book
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    Picture book
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