Best Illustrated Picture Books – Book Weekend

MommyEvery December the New York Times announces their picks for the best illustrated picture books.  Here are the top titles from that list.

Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock.  A girl and her mouse friend go on parallel bedtime hunts for their mothers through a charming mid-century modern house.  McClintock creates a cozy tiny world built into the spare nooks and crannies of the human house.




Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Gary Kelley.  The story of a regiment from Harlem that fought bravely in World War 1 alongside the French.  They shared much with the Allies, including their new brand of jazz music, but returned to America to find Jim Crow still haunting them.




babytreeThe Baby Tree written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  When a curious little boy asked “Where do babies come from?” he gets a mixed bag of answers.  The mailman, his sitter, his grandma, all offer suggestions from funny to strange, but finally his parents set him down and explain the facts.  Blackall’s delicate line art balances between innocent and odd and her fresh bright colors keep the tone playful.

To see more of her work, check out her website,




Time for Bed, Fred! written and illustrated by  Yasmeen Ismail.  One playful dog runs wild trying to outrace bedtime, but will all his shenanigans work?  Or will all that clever tree-climbing, puddle-jumping and hiding just tire him out?



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