Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List

The spring Kids Indie Next list has been released. The titles are chosen by independent book sellers across the country. Here are the selected books for this season:

TOP TEN (lists only 9 titles)

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

AGES 4-8

Bartali’s Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s Secret Hero by Megan Hoyt, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Bear Can’t Wait by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Carpenter’s Helper by Sybil Rosen, illustrated by Camille Garoche

The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water by Steve Small

The Little Library by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine

My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang, illustrated by Huynh Kim Lien

Regina Is Not a Little Dinosaur by Andrea Zuill

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long

Something’s Wrong! by Jory John, illustrated by Erin Kraan

Sunny-Side Up by Jacky Davis, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Wolfboy by Andy Harkness

AGES 9-12

Across the Pond by Joy McCullough

Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kit Seaton

Charlie Thorne and the Lost City by Stuart Gibbs

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

Golden Gate (City of Spies #2) by James Ponti

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman

The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

The Memory Thief by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told to His Brother) by David Levithan

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

Thornlight by Claire Legrand

Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet by Tom Sullivan


Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Game Changer by Neal Schusterman

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu

Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi