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November 23, 2008

Watch a Slide Show of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2008

Filed under: Children's Books — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 12:29 am
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Every year since 1952, the editors of the New York Times Book Review have asked a group of judges to pick the best illustrated children’s books of the year. The 2008 list appeared in the NYTBR on Nov. 9, and if you missed it, you can watch a slide show that includes a picture from each of the 10 honorees here

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. I notice Pale Male, which you reviewed earlier this year, is on that list. It’s also a 2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee (a state children’s choice award selected by third through sixth graders).

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — November 23, 2008 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  2. I’m so happy that children like this book as much as adults. As you know as a librarian, sometimes the books we adults love don’t appeal as much to kids …

    It is also helpful to know that “Pale Male” was chosen by third through sixth graders. Not long ago I went to a panel discussion that included two very influential children’s-book editors. Someone in the audience asked, “Is it true that children over 6 won’t read picture books?” One of the top editors said that a lot of kids over 6 won’t and that this seems to be true more and more.

    “Pale Male” shows that you can get children above 6 or even 8 interested in picture books if the content is interesting enough and it’s packaged appropriately.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — November 23, 2008 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  3. Oops, sorry, I didn’t make my first comment very clear. Pale Make is one of 20 books nominated (by school and children’s librarians) for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Voting for that (by students) will be in January with the winner announced at the Texas Library Association meeting in late March in Houston.

    As for the idea that children over 6 won’t read picture books, my experience in school and public libraries proves otherwise! If anything, it can be harder to get the 6 to 8 year olds to read chapter books even when their reading skills are at that level. I provide support to the children’s literature class for future teachers (early childhood through grade 4) at my university, and each student must read a minimum of 290 picture books across eight genres. Teachers are using picture books in their lesson planning as well.

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — November 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  4. Argh! I mean Pale Male.

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — November 23, 2008 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for the clarification. Still glad that “Pale Male” isn’t being perceived as a “regional” book for the East, though.

    Pale Male’s nesting traumas were heavily covered here, including by the tabloids, which turned it into an irresistible David-and-Goliath story (little bird versus big co-op on Fifth Avenue). And I’m glad there’s interest in parts of the country that weren’t primed for the book by the media blitz we had here.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — November 23, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

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