Publisher’s Weekly Summer Reads 2021

Publisher’s Weekly has their list of the best books of the summer for children. Here are the books featured on their list:


A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Nagochi by James Yang

It Began with Lemonade by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Lian Cho

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins


Fast Pitch by Nic Stone

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Joel Makonnen

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, illus. by Rachelle Baker


Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by John He

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean