2021 Top Books for Kids

2021 Top Books for Kids

Shopping for a kid in your life? Here are some recent publications we love!

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Our Favorite New Books: Picture Books

Looking for a jumbie by Baptiste, Tracey
Jazz for lunch by Dapier, Jarrett
Mr. Watson's chickens by Dapier, Jarrett.
Twinkle twinkle little kid by Daywalt, Drew
A song of frutas by Engle, Margarita
Have you seen Gordon? : a search-and-find book by Epstein, Adam Jay
The little wooden robot and the log princess by Gauld, Tom
Norman didn't do it! : (yes, he did.) by Higgins, Ryan T.
The big bath house by Maclear, Kyo
Bright star by Morales, Yuyi
Beautifully me by Noor, Nabela
¡Vamos! : let's cross the bridge by Raúl the Third
Dancing with daddy by Schulte, Anitra Rowe
Bear is a bear by Stutzman, Jonathan
The real Santa by Redd, Nancy Nielson
Laxmi's mooch by Anand, Shelly
Secret, secret agent guy by Bigwood, Kira
Paletero man by Diaz, Lucky
Oona by DiPucchio, Kelly
Amira's picture day by Faruqi, Reem
Bodies are cool by Feder, Tyler
Don't hug Doug : (he doesn't like it) by Finison, Carrie
We all play = kimêtawânaw by Flett, Julie.
El Cucuy is scared, too! by Higuera, Donna Barba
Eyes that kiss in the corners by Ho, Joanna
Sunday funday in Koreatown by Kim, Aram
Thao : a picture book by Lam, Thao.
The tree in me by Luyken, Corinna
Dakota Crumb : tiny treasure hunter by Michalak, Jamie.
Not little by Myers, Maya
One-osaurus, two-osaurus by Norman, Kim
Outside, inside by Pham, LeUyen.
Strollercoaster by Ringler, Matt
It began with lemonade by Sterer, Gideon
Mel fell by Tabor, Corey R.
Fatima's great outdoors by Tariq, Ambreen
Someone builds the dream by Wheeler, Lisa
Off-limits by Yoon, Helen

Our Favorite New Books: Early Readers

Sabrina Sue loves the snow by Burris, Priscilla
The chicken house by Cronin, Doreen
Yasmin the chef by Faruqi, Saadia
Yasmin the superhero by Faruqi, Saadia
Yasmin the teacher by Faruqi, Saadia
Yasmin the zookeeper by Faruqi, Saadia
Yasmin the builder by Faruqi, Saadia.
Yasmin the explorer by Faruqi, Saadia.
Yasmin the fashionista by Faruqi, Saadia.
Nothing fits a dinosaur by Fenske, Jonathan
The giant ice cream mess by Kügler, Tina
See the Dog: Three Stories about a Cat by Larochelle, David
Ty's travels : all aboard! by Lyons, Kelly Starling
Ty's travels : zip, zoom! by Lyons, Kelly Starling
Ty's travels : beach day! by Lyons, Kelly Starling.
Fox at night by Tabor, Corey R.
I'm on it! by Tsurumi, Andrea

Our Favorite New Books: First Chapter

Doggo and Pupper by Applegate, Katherine
Too small Tola by Atinuke.
Willa the wisp by Auxier, Jonathan
The case of the missing socks by Bentley, Tadgh
The case of the nibbled pizza by Bentley, Tadgh
All for one by Jennings, Terry Catasús
Captain Dom's treasure by Jennings, Terry Catasús
Knight of the cape by Jennings, Terry Catasús
Maybe maybe Marisol Rainey by Kelly, Erin Entrada
Fangs for having us! by Krulik, Nancy E.
Get a hold of your elf! by Krulik, Nancy E.
I want my mummy! by Krulik, Nancy E.
Long time, no sea monster! by Krulik, Nancy E.
The case of the missing cheetah by Mang, Veronica

Our Favorite New Books: Middle Grade

A place to hang the moon by Albus, Kate
Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids by
Rez dogs by Bruchac, Joseph
Barefoot dreams of Petra Luna by Dobbs, Alda P.
Jacob and the mandolin adventure by Dublin, Anne
Yusuf Azeem is not a hero by Faruqi, Saadia
A discovery of dragons by Galvin, Lindsay.
Ahmed Aziz's epic year by Hamza, Nina
Marcus makes a movie by Hart, Kevin
Ophie's ghosts by Ireland, Justina.
The street belongs to us by Pendleton Jiménez, Karleen
The last fallen star : a Gifted clans novel by Kim, Graci
Red, white, and whole by LaRocca, Rajani
Set me free by LeZotte, Ann Clare
Both can be true by Machias, Jules
Kiki Kallira breaks a kingdom by Mandanna, Sangu.
Last gate of the Emperor by Mbalia, Kwame
The haunted mustache by McGee, Joe
Time villains by Piñeiro, Victor
Cece Rios and the desert of souls by Rivera, Kaela
Amber & Clay by Schlitz, Laura Amy
The anti-book by Simon, Raphael  (Children's author)
Sisters of the Neversea by Smith, Cynthia Leitich.
Fast pitch by Stone, Nic.
The shape of thunder by Warga, Jasmine
The shadow prince by Durham, David Anthony
How to find what you're not looking for by Hiranandani, Veera
Playing the cards you're dealt by Johnson, Varian
A soft place to land by Marks, Janae
Barakah Beats by Siddiqui, Maleeha.
This is our rainbow : 16 stories of her, him, them, and us by

Our Favorite New Books: Comics and Graphic Novels

A-okay by Greene, Jarad
The accursed vampire by McGrane, Madeline
The best of assigned male by Labelle, Sophie
City of dragons.  The awakening storm  1, by Yogis, Jaimal
Death & Sparkles.   Vol. 1 by Justus, Rob
Earth boy by Tobin, Paul
Fantastic tales of nothing by Rodriguez, Fanny  (Illustrator)
Garlic & the vampire by Paulsen, Bree.
Can you hear a penguin fart on Mars? : and other excellent questions by Benton, Jim
Kraken me up by Ebbeler, Jeffrey
The legend of Auntie Po by Khor, Shing Yin
¡¡Manu!! by Fernández, Kelly
Mayor good boy by Scheidt, Dave
Paranorthern : and the chaos bunny a-hop-calypse by Cooke, Stephanie
Pawcasso by Lai, Remy
Stealing home by Torres, J.
The leak : for the love of truth by Petty, Kate Reed
Power up by Nisson, Sam
Miles Morales. Shock waves : a Spider-Man graphic novel by Reynolds, Justin A.
Borders by King, Thomas

Our Favorite New Books: Nonfiction

Sharice's big voice : a native kid becomes a congresswoman by Davids, Sharice
Nina : a story of Nina Simone by Todd, Traci N.
Being you : a first conversation about gender by Madison, Megan
Plagues and pandemics by Messner, Kate
The American Revolution by Messner, Kate
The Mayflower by Messner, Kate
If you lived during the Plimoth Thanksgiving by Newell, Chris
If the world were 100 people : a visual guide to our global village by McCann, Jackie
Stamped (for kids) : racism, antiracism, and you by Cherry-Paul, Sonja
Women's right to vote by Messner, Kate
How to change everything : the young human's guide to protecting the planet and each other by Klein, Naomi
The Titanic by Messner, Kate
Pearl Harbor by Messner, Kate
We are still here! : native American truth everyone should know by Sorell, Traci
What Isabella wanted by Fleming, Candace