May 26, 2022

The New York Times and New York Public Library Announce the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

From Today’s NY Times Announcement:

Today, The New York Times Book Review published the annual list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017. This is the 65th year this award has been given and for the first time is jointly given by The New York Public Library and The Times. The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards will be presented at a special luncheon on November 14, 2017 at The New York Public Library.

The books will be featured in the November 12 Sunday Times Book Review in a special Children’s Books section. This year’s winners:

  • Feather. Written and illustrated by Rémi Courgeon (Enchanted Lion)
  • Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos. Written by Monica Brown. Illustrated by John Parra. (North/South)
  • King of the Sky. Written by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick)
  • Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters. Written by Michael Mahin. Illustrated by Evan Turk. (Atheneum)
  • On a Magical, Do-Nothing Day. Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna (Harper)
  • Plume. Written and illustrated by Isabelle Simler. (Eerdmans)
  • A River. Written and illustrated by Marc Martin. (Chronicle)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality. Written by Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. (Abrams)
  • Town Is by the Sea. Written by Joanne Schwartz. Illustrated by Sydney Smith. (Groundwood)
  • The Way Home in the Night. Written and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi (KidsCan)

As always, this year’s winners were judged purely on the basis of artistic merit and were selected by an independent panel of three judges from the world of children’s literature. The judges chose from over a thousand picture books.

Lists of past winners of the Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award can be found on

The children’s books editor for The New York Times Book Review is Maria Russo. Sitting on this year’s panel of judges were Steven Guarnaccia, Marjorie Priceman, and Louise Lareau.

Read the Complete Announcement

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