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Best Illustrated Books 2013

The ten winners of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards for 2013. The book review has an independent panel of judges that selects the books based on “artistic merit.”

Ballad

1. BALLAD
Written and illustrated by Blexbolex
Translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick
280 pp. Enchanted Lion Books. $22.95. (Picture book; ages 4 and up)

Fog Island
2. FOG ISLAND
Written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
48 pp. Phaidon Press. $16.95. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)

My Brothers Book
3. MY BROTHER’S BOOK
Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
32 pp. Michael di Capua Books/HarperCollins Publishers. $18.95. (Picture book; ages 4 and up)

the dark
4. THE DARK
By Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
40 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)

Jemmy Button
5. JEMMY BUTTON
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
48 pp. Templar/Candlewick Press. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 7)

holland
6. HOLLAND
By Charlotte Dematons
56 pp. Lemniscaat. $19.95. (Picture book; ages 2 and up)

Jane the fox and Me
7. JANE, THE FOX AND ME
By Fanny Britt
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
101 pp. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press. $19.95. (Graphic novel; ages 10 to 14)

LOCOMOTIVE
8. LOCOMOTIVE
Written and illustrated by Brian Floca
64 pp. A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 10)

JOURNEY
9. JOURNEY
Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
40 pp. Candlewick Press. $15.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)

NELSON MANDELA
10. NELSON MANDELA
Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
40 pp. Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 9)