The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 has a delightful list of books this year. Annually since 1952, the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to select 10 winners from among the several thousand children’s books published during the year.
HERE COMES THE GARBAGE BARGE! By Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio. Schwartz & Wade Books. The story of a barge carrying 3,168 tons of garbage that couldn’t find a home — and how its ill-fated journey helped usher in the recycling era.
CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS Written and illustrated by Peter Brown. Little, Brown & Company. Lucy, an over-the-top feminine bear cub, finds a boy and wants to keep him as a pet.
SEASONS Written and illustrated by Blexbolex. Enchanted Lion Books. A mixed salad of images about the seasons, from a single green bud (“Shoot”) to a cloud shadow on a beach (“Shadow”), from a French artist.
SHADOW By Suzy Lee. Chronicle Books. A girl’s shadow play comes to life in her family’s attic.
BUSING BREWSTER By Richard Michelson. Illustrated by R. G. Roth. Alfred A. Knopf. Black siblings are bused to a new school in this story set in the early 1970s.
BIG RED LOLLIPOP By Rukhsana Khan. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking. Rubina’s little sister spoils the first American birthday party she’s ever attended.
HENRY IN LOVE Written and illustrated by Peter McCarty. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins Publishers. A lovesick calico cat courts a winsome bunny named Chloe.
A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE By Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press. When the zookeeper Amos comes down with a cold, the zoo animals travel to his home to care for their caregiver
SUBWAY Written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers. A celebration of the underground infrastructure that makes New York run.
BINK & GOLLIE By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick Press. A story of two friends: one cheerful, fearless and messy, the other skinny, precise and superior.