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French Best Illustrated Children's Books 2017

This year marked the 65th anniversary of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award — and the first year of the Times’ partnership with the New York Public Library. Three distinguished French illustrators and authors are among the winners. They are recognized as the best in children’s literature and bringing great books to young readers, see below.

The 2017 judges were Steven Guarnaccia, an associate professor of illustration at Parsons The New School for Design and the author and illustrator of numerous books; Marjorie Priceman, the author and illustrator of many children’s books and the winner of two Caldecott Honors and two New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards; and Louise Lareau, the head librarian of the New York Public Library Children’s Center.


On a Magical Do-Nothing Day - Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna

If you get bored as soon as the rain comes, read this beautiful story of a child lured away from technology to find fun in a forest. In addition to the charming story, you’ll surely admire the exuberant illustrations.

Published by HarperCollins. Visit Albertine Bookshop to order the book


Plume - Written and illustrated by Isabelle Simler

Join a cat called Plume observing birds, and like him, discover several new species with gorgeous, detailed feathers. The illustrations are as mesmerizing as they are informative.

Published by Eerdmans. Visit Albertine Bookshop to order the book


Feather - Written and illustrated by Rémi Courgeon

Fight along Paulina, nicknamed Feather, who gives up playing piano to train as a boxer so she can beat her older brothers and prove that she deserves more attention. The images, poster-like art, are elegant and melancholic. The prints add strength and softness alike to this moving story.

Published by Enchanted Lion. Visit Albertine Bookshop to order the book

For more information on the latest releases for children, click here.

Happy reading!

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