The Wall by Peter Sís (Foster/Farrar)
Fiction and Poetry
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (Little)
At Night by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)
Among the most honored author-illustrators in the field, Peter Sís is a three-time recipient of a Caldecott Honor award (including one this year for The Wall) as well as the winner of a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship and a 1999 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Tibet: Through the Red Box.
Shaun Tan, whose wordless graphic novel, The Arrival, was singled out by the judges for excellence in graphic storytelling, has an international following. Winner of the Best Picture Book of the Year Award in his native Australia and named Best Artist at the World Fantasy Awards in 2007, he also received a Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2007 citation from the New York Times.