Easy present alert: NYT Best Illustrated Kids’ Books for 2010

One of my all-time favorite lists came out last weekend – The New York Times’ Top 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books.  Click on the link to see inside pages of the illustrations as well as a brief description of the books.

This is a great list to pull from for Christmas presents or if you need a fast birthday present during the year.

Since 1952 the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to pick the top children’s books from literally thousands of books.

From The New York Times:

“The judges this time around were Robert Sabuda, a co-creator of the best-selling ‘Encyclopedia Prehistorica’ series and twice the recipient of a Times Best Illustrated award; Elizabeth Bird, a children’s librarian with the New York Public Library, whose first picture book, ‘Giant Dance Party,’ is due out next year; and David Barringer, a novelist and designer who is the author of ‘There’s Nothing Funny About Design.’ “

I loved the look of “Subway” but I think I would really enjoy the stories of “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” andHere Comes the Garbage Barge.”

What are your favorites from the list? Would you buy off of this list? Does this type of thing help you? How do you normally choose kids books?

13 comments Add your comment


November 11th, 2010
12:24 pm

It’s not on the list, probably because it’s old, but “Who Needs Donuts” by Mark Alan Stamaty is one of the best illustrated children’s books I’ve ever seen in my life.



November 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge


November 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

Aww — I really miss children’s books!


November 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

Here’s an amazon link where you can “Look Inside This Book” to see how awesome it is:



November 11th, 2010
12:40 pm

From these 10 I would choose “Children Make Terrible Pets” and “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” but I think there are better ones out there. I do have to plug a friend and local Atlanta author, Laurel Snyder, who has several great children’s books out there -including the latest, “Baxter, The Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher.” GREAT book for Christmas or Hanukkah!

Read Aloud Dad

November 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

I’m looking forward to reading Children Make Terrible Pets to my kids, but will take a closer look at the others as well – maybe some will catch my eye!

Read Aloud Dad


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November 11th, 2010
12:57 pm

Forget the book…just the title “Children Make Terrible Pets” has me ROFL (which makes it hard to type)…The title is hilarious and accurate…My children would make terrible pets, MOST of the time they make pretty good children though. ;)


November 11th, 2010
12:59 pm

my favorite illustrated book of all time: “Rain Makes Applesauce”


November 11th, 2010
2:14 pm

Thanks for the links, we loved to give children’s books for presents (even to the adults). Several years ago my Mother took myself and my daughter to an exhibit of Robert Sabuda’s books at the Gwinnett Exhibit Center. The work and detail in the pop-up books is amazing.


November 12th, 2010
8:59 am

I’ll have to check them out thanks Theresa.
ReadAloudDad I like your site.


November 12th, 2010
3:17 pm

I really wouldn’t say these make good presents! They may be the “best illustrated books” determined by the judges, but I really don’t think they are the best of 2010. Check out what your child likes and pick out something suitable… save these for children you don’t know :)


November 13th, 2010
1:44 am

I’m surprised and disappointed that you did not mention anything about Veterans Day. Is that not worthy of a blog for busy moms? To remind us to be thankful for our Veterans, past and present?