July/August 2021 Kids Indie Next List

IndieBound has announced the books on their July/August Indie Next List. These are books selected and recommended by independent books stores across the United States. Here are the titles:


Cover for Ten Spooky Pumpkins

10 Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimly

Cover for Amara and the Bats

Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds

Cover for Cat Problems (Animal Problems)

Cat Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith

Cover for Hardly Haunted

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima

Cover for King of Ragtime

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Constanza

Cover for Lala's Words

Lala’s Words by Gracey Zhang

Cover for Monster Friends

Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn

Cover for Never, Not Ever!

Never, Not Ever! by Beatrice Alemagna

Cover for Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster

Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster by Manka Kasha

Cover for Unbound

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler, illustrated by Melissa Sweet


Cover for Chunky

Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Cover for A Discovery of Dragons

Discovery of Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Cover for The Ghoul Next Door

The Ghoul Next Door by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Cat Farris

Cover for Ham Helsing #1

Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter by Rich Moyer

Cover for Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna

Cover for The Last Super Chef

The Last Super Chef by Chris Negron

Cover for The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow

The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner

Cover for ParaNorthern

Paranorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse by Stephanie Cooke, illustrated by Mari Costa

Cover for Temple Alley Summer

Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer

Cover for Weird Kid

Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout


Cover for Blackout

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

Cover for The Box in the Woods

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Cover for Don't Hate the Player

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Cover for Me (Moth)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Cover for The Passing Playbook

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Cover for Rise to the Sun

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Cover for The River Has Teeth

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Cover for The Sea Is Salt and So Am I

The Sea Is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt

Cover for Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Cover for We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – July 16


The beguiling legacy of “Alice in Wonderland” – The New Yorker

Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander partners with GBH Kids on new children’s animated series – GBH

Pleasure and spaciousness: Poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s advice on writing, discipline, and the two driving forces of creativity – Brain Pickings


The first joint intellectual freedom awards – Intellectual Freedom Blog

Right-wingers are taking over library boards to remove books on racism – TruthOut


21 YA romances we’re looking forward to in 2021 – BuzzFeed

Goosebumps author RL Stine: ‘The only lesson in my books is to run’ – The Guardian

The Obamas’ production company is producing an anthology series for Netflix about love during a blackout – Collider

The unexpected adulthood of Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar – Town & Country

White gatekeeping in YA harms teen readers – Book Riot