2021 Kirkus Prize Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers have been announced. The finalists are selected from books published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that have received a Kirkus star. Two finalists are selected in each age group. Here are the selected titles:


Cover for Your Mama

Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Cover for Unspeakable

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper


Cover for Legacy

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Cover for All Thirteen

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat


Cover for The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Cover for The Life I'm In

The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake