This fall, Leonard joined New York Public librarian Jenny Rosenoff and illustrator Bryan Collier in selecting the year’s ten best illustrated children’s books of 2018. The daunting process took place over a single day in October, in a room at the Times‘ headquarters in which approximately 2000 eligible books were laid out on two very long tables for the judges’ inspection. The result was one of the most international rosters ever in an annual competition inaugurated by the Times in 1952, just as New York was becoming the world capital of art and design. Since 2017, the awards have co-sponsored by the New York Public Library.
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