New York Times Has Announced it’s Best Illustrated Books for 2012. 3 judges ( 2 from Vanity Fair Magazine) and 1 from the  Center for Children’s Literature Studies at Simmons College selected the top 10 books which are as follows:

CeBear Despair written and illustrated by Gaëtan Dorémus (Enchanted Lion) The Beetle Book written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Houghton) House Held Up by Trees written by Ted Kooser; illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick) The Hueys in the New Sweater written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel) Infinity and Me written by Kate Hosford; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda) Little Bird written by Germano Zullo; illustrated by Albertine (Enchanted Lion) One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World written and illustrated by Joe McKendry (Godine) Red Knit Cap Girl written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop (Tingley/Little) Stephen and the Beetle written by Jorge Luján; illustrated by Chiara Carrer (Groundwood) Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Henry Cole (Scholastic)

When looking at these books, I find it interesting because they all deal with very different issues. From many of the discussions we have had during the semester, we talked in great detail about what makes a children’s book. However during the semester I have discovered that what makes a children’s book, especially for young readers is the ability to immerse themselves in another setting. The idea of escape is particularly important. These children’s book with the exception of a historical one all allow the young readers to escape.  It gives children the joy of reading. A contrast from many of the books that I may have been reading when I was younger, these books deal with real life issues as well. One Times Square and Unspoken set the stories up in ways that can be better understood by young readers