The New York Times Book Review has announced its 2015 selections for The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. The 10 chosen books are honored purely for their illustrations, a distinction that The New York Times says makes this prize the “only annual award of its kind.”
The prize has been given every year since 1952, and it’s always overseen by an independent panel of judges. This year’s judges were Frank Viva, Monica Edinger, and Marjorie Ingall, each of whom have written their own children’s books. The diverse group of 2015 winners includes stories set in China, France, England, Mexico, and the United States.
The winners are:
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Madame Eiffel: The Love Story of the Eiffel Tower by Alice Brière-Haquet, illustrated by Csil
The Only Child by Guojing
The Skunk by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
The Tiger Who Would Be King by James Thurber, illustrated by JooHee Yoon
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
Check out the full list and descriptions, along with selections from the books’ artwork here.