All-Star Kids Books – My 2021 Favorites

This year I’ve read 179 books for kids! Most were not published this year, but that okay.

63 non-fiction picture books

45 fiction picture books

36 non-fiction kids books

35 fiction books

Here are the ones I especially loved and recommend. I do not apologize for the length of this post 🙂

Non-Fiction Picture Books

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Begin with a Bee by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Phyllis Root, Claudia McGehee
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Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Claudia McGehee
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Plants on the Move by Emilie Vast
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Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West by Emma Bland Smith and Robin James.
Whale Fall Café
Whale Fall Cafe by Jacquie Sewell and Dan Tavis
Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter
Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans
Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America
Jean Laffitte: The Pirate Who Saved America by Susan Goldman Rubin and Jeff Himmelman
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The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard and Robert McGuire
Becoming Babe Ruth
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars
Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars by Gary Golio and E.B. Lewis
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jen Bryant and Cannaday Chapman
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Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell and Colin Bootman
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld and Matt Tavares
What Miss Mitchell Saw
What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett and Diana Sudyka
A Dream of Flight: Alberto Santos-Dumont's Race Around the Eiffel Tower
A Dream of Flight: Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Race Around the Eiffel Tower by Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka
Read! Read! Read!
Read! Read! Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Ryan O’Rourke

Fiction Picture Books

Sulwe
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o & Vashti Harrison
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The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton and Leo & Diane Dillon
Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl
Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl by Virginia Hamilton & James Ransome
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaolo
John Henry
John Henry by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert D. San Souci & Jerry Pinkney
Ramadan Moon
Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert and Shirin Adl
A Different Pond
A Different Pond by Bao Phi & Thi Bui
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Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Puna & Christian Robinson

Non-Fiction Kids Books

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan
Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z
Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Antecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham, Charles Waters & Mehrdokht Amini
It Came From Ohio: My Life As A Writer
It Came from Ohio: My Life As a Writer by R.L. Stine
Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial
Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial by Peter and Dagmar Schroeder
We are Explorers: Extraordinary Women Who Discovered the World
We Are Explorers: Extraordinary Women Who Discovered the World by Kari Herbert
Albert Einstein Was a Dope?
Albert Einstein Was a Dope? by Dan Gutman

Fiction Kids Books

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The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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