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Best Informational Picture Books of 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    WITHOUT SEPARATION

    SEPT. 14, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WITHOUT SEPARATION

by Larry Dane Brimner ; illustrated by Maya Gonzales

A critical contribution to discussions of equal access and of systemic racism. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    TWENTY-ONE STEPS

    FEB. 12, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    MORE THAN JUST A GAME

    SEPT. 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

MORE THAN JUST A GAME

by Madison Moore ; illustrated by Lonnie Ollivierre

A brief but nonetheless impressive sports history that is too often overlooked. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE MILLION OYSTERS ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE STRANGEST THING IN THE SEA

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SNAIL WITH THE RIGHT HEART

    FEB. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE SNAIL WITH THE RIGHT HEART

by Maria Popova ; illustrated by Ping Zhu

A story as charmingly mesmerizing as a silvery snail’s trail on a summer morning. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE GRAVITY TREE

    MAY 25, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE

    MAY 4, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE

by Rob Sanders ; illustrated by Robbie Cathro

As beautiful as it is informative about this little-known battle in the fight for equality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NICKY & VERA

    JAN. 26, 2021

CHILDREN'S

NICKY & VERA

by Peter Sís ; illustrated by Peter Sís

An extraordinary life memorably and evocatively presented. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    YOUR LEGACY

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

    SEPT. 28, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

by Ibi Zoboi ; illustrated by Loveis Wise

Zoboi’s poetic retrospective breathes life into Black history narratives and reverently celebrates Black lives. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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