Book Weekend – NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2013

Each fall the NYT Book Review picks their favorite illustrated children’s books. Unlike the Caldecott committee, they are specifically from New York City.  This year, some very lovely classic authors have been honored that I think all children will enjoy. (Not just the art gallery Guggenheim NYC children).

17262290Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick).
A wordless picture book about the limitless bounds of the imagination.  Captivating for children age 6 and up.

15790852The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown).
Lemony Snicket meets Jon Klassen!

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins/di Capua), J 811.54
A final book of poems and sketches from the late Maurice Sedak.
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Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon) OVERSIZE E
I love this adventure story of a brother and sister who get lost on a forbidden island.  The story turns from haunting and stark to friendly and magical, making this a nice read for even younger children.

17334578Locomotive by Brian Floca (S&S/Atheneum/Jackson) OVERSIZE J385
All Branches have copies of this beautifully illustrated ode to the history of trains.  Brain Floca turns his crisp vivid watercolors to the original steam-powered vehicle of children’s hearts.

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Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins/Tegen) JB MANDELA All branches have copies.
Kadir Nelson pays homage to a great man in his classic rich glowing paintings.

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