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New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2009


New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2009

Every year since 1952, the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to select 10 books from among the several thousand children’s books published that year. The judges this time around were Adam Gopnik, who writes regularly for The New Yorker and is the author of two novels for children, “The King in the Window” and the forthcoming “Steps Across the Water”; Jillian Tamaki, a teacher at the School of Visual Arts and the recipient of a Society of Illustrators gold medal; and Lisa Von Drasek, the children’s librarian of the Bank Street College of Education.

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ONLY A WITCH CAN FLY written by Alison McGhee; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (Feiwel & Friends)

MOONSHOT: The Flight of Apollo 11 written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Richard Jackson/Atheneum)

THE ODD EGG written and illustrated by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster)

A PENGUIN STORY written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins)

THE LION AND THE MOUSE illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)

THE SNOW DAY written and illustrated by Komako Sakai (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

YUMMY: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick)

WHITE NOISE by David A. Carter (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster)

ALL THE WORLD written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster)