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Best Indie Children's Books of 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    STICKY ICKY VICKY

    OCT. 19, 2021

CHILDREN'S

STICKY ICKY VICKY

by Alysia Ssentamu & Michael Ssentamu ; illustrated by Noor Alshalabi

An encouraging tale for young readers with their own fears to face. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    EEK! MY INK!

    JUNE 30, 2021

EEK! MY INK!

by Raven Howell illustrated by Anke Rappen

An excellent read-aloud sure to inspire kids to create beauty from their own spills. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    RAE'S FIRST DAY

    FEB. 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

RAE'S FIRST DAY

by Danny Jordan illustrated by Agustina Perciante

First-day jitters, inclusivity, and an engaging superhero tale all in one. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MY MONSTER TRUCK GOES EVERYWHERE WITH ME

    NOV. 3, 2020

CHILDREN'S

MY MONSTER TRUCK GOES EVERYWHERE WITH ME

by Kathleen Marcath , illustrated by Isaac Liang ; Pardeep Mehra

This bracing and illuminating bilingual tale deftly shows a kid’s love for a favorite truck. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SEAN MOSES IS MARTIN LUTHER, THE KING JR.

    JUNE 8, 2021

CHILDREN'S

SEAN MOSES IS MARTIN LUTHER, THE KING JR.

by Moses D. Powe ; illustrated by Angelina Valieva

A well-illustrated tale that’s also a great pick to expand libraries’ Black history sections. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SULE THE PROVERB DETECTIVE

    OCT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

SULE THE PROVERB DETECTIVE

by Rene Rawls ; illustrated by Brittnie Brotzman

A vividly illustrated and clever work with an accessible moral. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MASK

    OCT. 28, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE MASK

by Clayton Marshall Adams ; illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason

A young, laudable voice tells an indelible story of acceptance and prejudice. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A GIRL OF COLOR

    JAN. 16, 2021

CHILDREN'S

A GIRL OF COLOR

by Vikki Young illustrated by Seitu Hayden

A bright and joyful celebration of the kaleidoscope of colors in readers’ families and communities. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MINDFUL WONDERS

    APRIL 22, 2020

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