Volume 13, Issue 2

Exhibiting the Top Illustrated Children’s Books

Draw! Written and Illustrated by Raúl Colón

Schackleton’s Journey, Harlem Hellfighters, Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren and Time for Bed, Fred – these are just some of the books included in the new UC Libraries exhibit featuring the top illustrated books of 2014 as compiled by the New York Times Book Review. On display on the 4th floor of the Walter C. Langsam Library beginning December 4, the exhibit includes images from the top 10 illustrated books along with illustrations by the same artists from titles found in UC Libraries, including The Silver Donkey, Only a Witch Can Fly and Edwin Speaks Up, all available in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) Library.

About the New York Times Best Illustrated Books:

Every year since 1952, the New York Times Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands for what is the only annual award of its kind.

This year’s judges were Jennifer M. Brown, Brian Floca and Jerry Pinkney. Ms. Brown is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She also serves as the children’s editor of the books newsletter Shelf Awareness. Mr. Floca has written and illustrated two Times Best Illustrated winners, including the 2014 Caldecott Medal recipient, Locomotive, and many other picture books. He has also received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. Mr. Pinkney, the illustrator of over 100 children’s books — including The Lion and the Mouse, which won the 2010 Caldecott Medal and a 2009 Times Best Illustrated award — is the recipient of five Caldecott Honors, five Times Best Illustrated awards, five Coretta Scott King Book Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors.”

The Baby Tree, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Baby Tree

The New York Times Best Illustrated Winners for 2014 are:

DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón. 31 pp. A Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster.

SHACKLETON’S JOURNEY Written and illustrated by William Grill. 80 pp. Flying Eye Books.

HAITI, MY COUNTRY: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren lllustrated by Roge. 35 pp. Fifth House Publishers.

HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS Written by J. Patrick Lewis. Illustrated by Gary Kelley. 32 pp. Creative Editions.

TIME FOR BED, FRED Written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail. 26 pp. Walker Books/Bloomsbury.

HERE IS THE BABY Written by Polly Kanevsky. Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. 30 pp. Schwartz & Wade.

WHERE’S MOMMY? Written by Beverly Donofrio. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. 30 pp. Schwartz & Wade.

THE PROMISE Written by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. 40 pp. Candlewick Press.

THE BABY TREE Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 40 pp. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin.

THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Written and illustrated by Peter Sis.48 pp. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

A bibliography of the books included in the exhibit is available online.

The exhibit was curated by Melissa Cox Norris, director of library communications, and designed by Anna Freeman, communication and design co-op student from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

For more on the New York Times Best Illustrated Winners for 2014, visit their website at http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/10/30/books/review/2014-BEST.html?_r=0