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This month The New York Times released it’s “10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010” review. The review has been released annually for more than 50 years, and as a lover of illustration, it’s one of my favorite things to read. I am amazed by the ability illustrators have to translate a story line into whimsical images via a multitude of mediums. I hope you find as much enjoyment in browsing the winners as I did:

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1 "Here Comes The Garbage Barge!" by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio

2 "Children Make Terrible Pets," written and illustrated by Peter Brown

3 "Seasons," written and illustrated by Blexbolex

4 "Shadow," by Suzy Lee

5 "Busing Brewster," by Richard Michelson, illustrated by R.G. Roth

6 "Big Red Lollipop," by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

7 "Henry in Love," written and illustrated by Peter McCarty

8 "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

9 "Subway," written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann

10 "Bink & Gollie," by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

View the full article and slideshow here. Images courtesy of the New York Times.

Although they are all beautiful, my absolute favorite winner of this year’s bunch is Erin E. Stead, the artist behind the intricate illustrations housed in her husband’s children’s book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. We’re lucky enough to gain insight into Erin’s craft, as she uses a combination of printmaking and sketching in each illustration. Below is the process she used to create the beautiful image on the book’s cover.

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Erin begins with a basic sketch.

1 Erin begins with a basic sketch.

Then tightens the sketch at the proper size of the book cover.

2 Then tightens the sketch at the proper size of the book cover.

Erin begins carving woodblocks in order to add color.

3 Erin begins carving woodblocks in order to add color.

Tools Erin uses to carve the blocks

4 Tools Erin uses to carve the blocks

Erin uses a barren (disk in upper right-hand corner) to apply pressure to the stacked paper and ink wood block.

5 Erin uses a barren (disk in upper right-hand corner) to apply pressure to the stacked paper and ink wood block.

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Once the paint is dry, Erin goes back and draws in the details.

9 Once the paint is dry, Erin goes back and draws in the details.

The final book cover!

10 The final book cover!

Erin’s workstation in her new studio (a recently renovated 100-year-old barn!) shared with her husband, Philip.

11 Erin’s workstation in her new studio (a recently renovated 100-year-old barn!) shared with her husband, Philip.

Comments (2)

  • I'm kind of obsessed with Bink and Gollie. So glad to see it made the list!

  • Thanks, Laura! You just added ten things to my daughter's Christmas list from Santa!

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