Publishers Weekly Best Books 2021

Publishers Weekly has released their Best Books List for 2021. The top picks for children range from picture books to middle grade to young adult. Here are the books that made the list:


Cover for The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illus. by Nikkolas Smith

Cover for The Big Bath House

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Gracey Zhang

Cover for Chez Bob

Chez Bob by Bob Shea

Cover for Circle Under Berry

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins

Cover for Dad Bakes

Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Cover for Fish and Sun (I Can Read Comics Level 1)

Fish and Sun by Sergio Ruzzier

Cover for Have You Seen Gordon?

Have You Seen Gordon? by Adam Jay Epstein, illus. by Ruth Chan

Cover for Keeping the City Going

Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca

Cover for Let Me Fix You a Plate

Let Me Fix You a Plate by Elizabeth Lilly

Cover for The Longest Storm

The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino

Cover for Mel Fell

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

Cover for Milo Imagines the World

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

Cover for The Night Walk

The Night Walk by Marie Dorléans

Cover for Nina

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd, illus. by Christian Robinson

Cover for The People's Painter

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson, illus. by Evan Turk

Cover for The Rock from the Sky

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Cover for Soul Food Sunday

Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham, illus. by C.G. Esperanza

Cover for Thank You, Neighbor!

Thank You, Neighbor by Ruth Chan

Cover for Watercress

Watercress by Andrea Wang, illus. by Jason Chin


Cover for The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Sophie Blackall

Cover for Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia

Cover for Fallout

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Shutdown by Steve Sheinkin

Cover for Gone to the Woods

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen

Cover for How to Become a Planet

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

Cover for The Insiders

The Insiders by Mark Oshiro

Cover for Katie the Catsitter

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Stephanie Yue

Cover for The Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Cover for Playing the Cards You're Dealt

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson

Cover for The Raconteur's Commonplace Book

The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book by Kate Milford, illus. by Nicole Wong

Cover for Samira Surfs

Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz, illus. by Fahmida Azim

Cover for Sisters of the Neversea

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cover for Starfish

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Cover for Stuntboy, in the Meantime

Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds, illus. by Raúl the Third

Cover for Too Bright to See

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Cover for Too Small Tola

Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illus. by Onyinye Iwu


Cover for Blackout

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

Cover for Firekeeper's Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Cover for From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

Cover for Himawari House

Himawari House by Harmony Becker

Cover for In the Wild Light

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Cover for Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Cover for Let's Talk About It

Let’s Talk about It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan

Cover for The Mary Shelley Club

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Cover for The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover for The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin #1)

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider

Cover for Revolution in Our Time

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

Cover for Skin of the Sea

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Cover for A Snake Falls to Earth

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Cover for Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

Cover for The Witch King

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon