This year, for the first time in their 65 years of identifying the best illustrated children’s books for the year, the New York Times partnered with the New York Public Library. The books range from informative historical notes to mesmerizing introspection. I found one in my local library, and ordered two for my shelf – a Christmas present to myself.
My favorite is Feather written and illustrated by Remi Courgeon, about a feisty girl who learns how to box to defend herself from bullies. After she wins a match, she returns to her first love – playing Mozart on the piano.
In Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin’s King of the Sky, a racing homing pigeon and an old man help a lost immigant boy from Italy finally feel at home in the United States.
In Beatrice Alemagna’s On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, a little girl is sent outside to play on a rainy day. After she accidentally loses her handheld video game, she discovers the wonders of the world around her.
The Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2017
from the New York Times and the New York Public Library
- Muddy: The story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg: The Case of R.B.G vs Inequality
- Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
- On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
- The Way Home in the Night
- King of the Sky
- Town Is By the Sea
- A River
All kids, and grownups, need more of those “do nothing” days.
I agree! I liked the idea of her losing her electronics and discovering the world. This is one of the books I bought- and plan to keep to reread now and then.