Behold the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012, with sample artwork from each of the 10 winners. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Times Best Illustrated awards. Since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of three judges from the world of children’s literature to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Each year, the judges choose from among thousands of picture books, for what is the only annual award of its kind.

RED KNIT CAP GIRL Written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop

THE BEETLE BOOK Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

BEAR DESPAIR Written and illustrated by Gaëtan Dorémus

INFINITY AND ME By Kate Hosford. Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

UNSPOKEN A Story From the Underground Railroad Written & illustrated by H. Cole

LITTLE BIRD By Germano Zullo. Illustrated by Albertine

THE HUEYS IN THE NEW SWEATER Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

ONE TIMES SQUARE A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World.
Written and illustrated by Joe McKendry

STEPHEN AND THE BEETLE By Jorge Luján. Illustrated by Chiara Carrer.

HOUSE HELD UP BY TREES By Ted Kooser. Illustrated by Jon Klassen