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Spring 2021 Kids Picture Book Recommendations

See more great 2021 Kids Spring Reading recommendations here.

Milo Imagines the World Written by Matt de la Peña

Brilliantly imaginative, Milo reminds us that there is a lot more to people beyond what we first see. I was a lot like Milo when I was a kid; I was always doodling in my precious sketchbooks, and I was also the child of an incarcerated parent. It means so much to me to see families like mine represented in children’s literature, and I wish I had this book when I was a kid. —Eli


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ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9780593354629
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Caldecott Honoree LeUyen Pham shows us all the ways people continued to love, learn, and grow while social distancing during the pandemic. Through emotive illustrations and approachable text, Pham explores both the hope and the hardship of sheltering in place, and shows the important work done by essential workers like doctors and grocers. Gentle yet honest, this is the perfect book for families and classrooms looking for a story to discuss the pandemic with children of all ages. —Molly


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By LeUyen Pham, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250798350
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

The opening line “Zonia lives with those she loves in the rain forest” whispers a simple definition of family and home that permeates this story. During her morning check-ins with the animals, Zonia discovers a clearcut patch. Zonia not only springs into action but implores us all to take responsibility for safeguarding this precious land. Martinez-Neal’s deeply textured paintings on banana-bark paper beckon us, and endnotes introduce us to the Asháninka people, the largest indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon. —Michelle

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ISBN: 9781536208450
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Published: Candlewick - March 30th, 2021

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

I raced through this, so anxious to know the fate of Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’s beetle narrator and their red friend—and then had to go back to linger over the art and moments making up their story. A deceptively simple book with a huge emotional impact, its brief pages navigate friendship, courage, change, and the joy that finds you when you let it. This is one of those books you will read again and again, and it only gets better with age. —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

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