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Best Kids Books of the Year 2021

There were so many wonderful books for young readers published in 2021. Here are the ones that our staff selected as the best of the year. Click on each title or book cover to read our staff recommendation. Don't miss our other Best Books of the Year lists here.

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Something Good Cover Image
By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759557420
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

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Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

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We All Play Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771646079
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Published: Greystone Kids - May 25th, 2021

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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

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Outside, Inside Cover Image
By LeUyen Pham, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250798350
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

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The Midnight Fair Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536211153
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Published: Candlewick - February 2nd, 2021

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Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

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The Big Bath House Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593181959
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Published: Random House Studio - November 16th, 2021

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Bright Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

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Out of Nowhere Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

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I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316426923
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 23rd, 2021

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Bodies Are Cool Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

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Too Small Tola Cover Image
By Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536211276
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

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Training Day (World of ¡Vamos!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358380382
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Published: Versify - May 4th, 2021

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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062970428
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 4th, 2021

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Stuntboy, in the Meantime Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Raúl the Third (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534418165
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - November 30th, 2021

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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

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Willodeen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147400
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 7th, 2021

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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062869944
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

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The Beatryce Prophecy Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781681199443
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 5th, 2021

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Da Vinci's Cat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015258
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 25th, 2021

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Kaleidoscope Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

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Dead Wednesday Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593306673
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

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The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338540574
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

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The Accursed Vampire Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062954343
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Published: Quill Tree Books - July 27th, 2021

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Barb the Last Berzerker Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534485716
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

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The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534460867
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 20th, 2021

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Monster Friends: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984896827
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Published: Random House Graphic - June 22nd, 2021

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Ace of Spades Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250800817
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 1st, 2021

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This Poison Heart Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603909
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

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Concrete Rose Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062846716
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 12th, 2021

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A Sitting in St. James Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062367297
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - May 25th, 2021