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The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

It’s no secret—we love a beautiful children’s book, and thanks to the New York Times and the New York Public Library’s annual list of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books (which dates back to 1952), we’re able to find new titles to add to our must-read lineup each year. Below are the ten books that three esteemed judges (author and illustrator Bryan Collier, children’s literature historian and critic Leonard Marcus, and NYPL children’s librarian Jenny Rosenoff) deemed the very best illustrated childrens books 2018 has produced. Queue up your kid’s library card to check ’em out or add a few of them to your family’s holiday wishlist.

For more stunning kids’ titles, check out our roundup of The Prettiest Children’s Books To Gift (And Get).

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