May/June 2021 Kids Indie Next List

The Kids Indie Next List has been announced for May and June 2021. The books are selected by independent book stores across the country as the top books of the season. Here are the chosen titles:

AGES 4-8

Are You a Cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo

Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

Brave As a Mouse by Nicolo Carozzi

Dino-Gro by Matt Myers

Dogs at Work by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley, illustrated by Tara Audibert

What If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter

What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Mendez, illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

AGES 9-12

Both Can Be True by Jules Machias

Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

Little Kid, Big City! London by Beth Beckman, illustrated by Holley Maher

Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

Long Lost by Jacqueline West

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Garcia-Williams

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon