2012 Best Illustrated Books, from the N.Y. Times

There’s always surprises and delights galore when perusing Best Books Lists. Here’s this year’s N.Y. Times picks, via Pamela Paul and the 2012 committee: Chris Raschka, @henryfingjames and Cathryn Mercier. Congratulations to the winners!

“Red Knit Cap Girl,” written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown & Company)

“Red Knit Cap Girl,” written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown & Company)

Check out Naoko Stoop’s art blog here. She also has an Etsy shop featuring her works here.

“Bear Despair,” written and illustrated by Gaëtan Dorémus (Enchanted Lion)

“Bear Despair,” written and illustrated by Gaëtan Dorémus (Enchanted Lion)

Visit Gaëtan Dorémus’ website here. His previous books were published in France. A bio appears here.

“One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World,” by Joe McKendry (David R. Godine)

“One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World,” by Joe McKendry (David R. Godine)

Here is Joe McKendry’s website. A bio appears here. And here is a glimpse into his Times Square timeline:

“Stephen and the Beetle,” written by Jorge Luján and illustrated by Chiara Carrer (Groundwood Books)

“Stephen and the Beetle,” written by Jorge Luján and illustrated by Chiara Carrer (Groundwood Books)

Check out Chara Carrer’s website here.

“House Held Up by Trees,” written by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)

“House Held Up by Trees,” written by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)

Check out selected spreads from Jon Klassen’s artwork here.

“Infinity and Me,” written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda Books)

“Infinity and Me,” written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda Books)

Check out author Kate Hosford’s behind-the-scenes story on working with the illustrator here.

“The Beetle Book,” written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin)

“The Beetle Book,” written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin)

“Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad,” written and illustrated by Henry Cole (Scholastic Press)

“Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad,” written and illustrated by Henry Cole (Scholastic Press)

“The Hueys in the New Sweater,” written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books/Penguin)

“The Hueys in the New Sweater,” written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books/Penguin)

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