New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018

In collaboration with New York Public Library, The 2018 New York Times rated Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018 in the United States. The winners were selected on the basis of artistic merit and feature several great books to add to your collection or reserve from the library! 

Image from    Florette    by Anna Walker

Image from Florette by Anna Walker

Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales


This book is a gorgeous story of an immigrant mom and her child. The story celebrates family and what migrants bring with them when they leave their homes. This book’s illustrations and themes will be most enjoyed by children 4 years and older.

Our Car written by J. M. Brum and illustrated by Jan Bajtlik

This story of a young boy and his dad riding in their car is for readers 2-6 years old. The illustrations and simple, colorful, and bright.

The Funeral written and illustrated by Matt James

This book uses colorful acrylics and collage to shed light on a typically dark subject. The story will by most enjoyed by children 4 years and older, as it will lead young readers to ask questions about life and death.

The Visitor Written and illustrated by Antje Damm

This 3-D collage tells the story of a young boy who brings color into a lonely woman’s black and white world. This book’s unique artwork and warm story is written for preschoolers, 3-5 years old.

Run Wild written and illustrated by David Covell

This book features watercolor illustrations and handwritten text to take readers on a a barefoot adventure through nature. This story will inspire the nature lover in all of us, and will be enjoyed by preschoolers, 3-5 years old.

Florette Written and illustrated by Anna Walker

Florette tells the story of a young girl and her garden, using water images to celebrate friendship and resilience. While the book’s colorful illustrations can be enjoyed by any age, the message will be be understood by children 4 years and older.

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein written by Lynn Fulton, and illustrated by Felicita Sala

This story gives readers insight into Mary Shelley’s imagination and the creation of an unforgettable figure. This story’s intriguing images and will be enjoyed by children 4 years and older.

The Forest written by Riccardo Bozzi and illustrated by Violeta Lopiz and Valerio Vidali

This story is a visual excursion featuring elaborate cutouts, embossing, and gatefolds. The unique textures of this book will be interesting to children of all ages, however, the story is written with a target audience of children 4 years and older.  

A House That Once Was written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith

This story of children who discover an abandoned house, using woodland color and line work. This book will be enjoyed by preschoolers 3 years and older.

Ayobami and the Names of the Animals written by Pilar Lopez Avila and illustrated by Mar Azabal

This story tells about a young girl’s perseverance and her enthusiasm to learn. The book’s imagery is made of colorful, cut-paper collage and has complex ideas and messages, that are best suited for older preschoolers, 5-6 years.

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