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Best Picture Books of 2021 Celebrating Community

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LOST PACKAGE

    MARCH 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE LOST PACKAGE

by Richard Ho ; illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Quietly, beautifully told and deeply satisfying. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    I AM THE SUBWAY

    AUG. 3, 2021

CHILDREN'S

I AM THE SUBWAY

by Kim Hyo-eun ; illustrated by Kim Hyo-eun ; translated by Deborah Smith

A contemplative, poignant rendering of everyday journeys. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SMILE SHOP

    APRIL 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE SMILE SHOP

by Satoshi Kitamura ; illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

A satisfyingly—and deceptively—simple tale about sincere pleasures in hectic times. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MOST DAYS

    JAN. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

MOST DAYS

by Michael Leannah ; illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Baratta

Guaranteed to help readers of all ages find wonder each day. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BIG BATH HOUSE

    NOV. 16, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE BIG BATH HOUSE

by Kyo Maclear ; illustrated by Gracey Zhang

A must-have celebration of cultural understanding and community—and the joy of family. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    A SKY-BLUE BENCH

    NOV. 30, 2021

CHILDREN'S

A SKY-BLUE BENCH

by Bahram Rahman ; illustrated by Peggy Collins

A timely, eye-opening portrait of resilience, community, and hope. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DREAM STREET

    NOV. 16, 2021

CHILDREN'S

DREAM STREET

by Tricia Elam Walker ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Dreams for Black children manifest in striking art as the very idea of street is reimagined. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE NEW FRIEND

    SEPT. 28, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE NEW FRIEND

by Charlotte Zolotow ; illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

This all-too-common childhood experience is dramatized with an emotional honesty that, refreshingly, skirts sentimentality. Full review >

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