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The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

This year’s panel of judges included G. Brian Karas, Cynthia Weill and Cheryl Wolf.

Below are the 2016 titles:

  • The Cat From Hunger Mountain written and illustrated by Ed Young (Philomel Books)
  • The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Harper/HarperCollins)
  • Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Little Bee Books)
  • Little Red written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin (Peachtree)
  • The Polar Bear written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion Books)
  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim and illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Nancy Paulsen Books)
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)
  • The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Peter McCarty (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan and Illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Ban”
    by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)
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