May 15, 2021

Cover Story

Featuring 348 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children's and YA books; also in this issue: bestselling YA novelist David Yoon branches out with a new adult thriller and a teen romance imprint; Alison Bechdel, Olivia Laing, and Camryn Garrett; plus: a new Stamped remix brings the anti-racist message to kids


This Issue's Starred Reviews








The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

The Special Pride Issue celebrating LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives, with Brandon Taylor, Casey McQuiston, Brian Broome, Shing Yin Khor, Jonny Garza Villa, and more.

  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

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