For the second year in a row, EBYR has not one, but TWO winners of the 2023 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award! Congratulations to illustrators Juan Palomino and Jeska Verstegen!
The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent
“Vivid colors illuminate nighttime scenes, while rich, warm textures bring the jungle to life. The forest is depicted as not only the setting, but also a character whose grandness commands respect.” — New York Times/New York Public Library
Bear Is Never Alone
“Verstegen’s mixed-media illustrations — mostly black-and-white with vibrant pops of red — embody the overwhelming nature of fame by shrouding Bear in a flurry of butterflies, birds and other forest animals. On later spreads, Verstegen beautifully contrasts this clutter of activity with the quiet open space to which Bear flees. It’s a skillful juxtaposition of extreme emotions and contemplation, of the sacrifices one makes for popularity and the universal need for privacy and solitude.” — New York Times/New York Public Library