November/December 2021 Kids Indie Next List

The November/December 2021 Kids Indie Next List has been announced. The books on the list are all released during in the fall of this year and were selected by independent booksellers from across the country. Here are the books that made the list:


Cover for Vespertine

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson


Cover for Amos McGee Misses the Bus

Amos McGee Misses the Bus by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Cover for Bathe the Cat

Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts

Cover for Dog's First Baby

Dog’s First Baby by Natalie Nelson

Cover for Everybody in the Red Brick Building

Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

Cover for Gladys the Magic Chicken

Gladys the Magic Chicken by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Adam Rex

Cover for A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan, illustrated by Lian Cho

Cover for Our Table

Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds

Cover for Read Island

Read Island by Nicole Magistro, illustrated by Alice Feagan

Cover for Room for Everyone

Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan, illustrated by Mercè López

Cover for Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan


Cover for African Icons

African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History by Tracy Baptiste

Cover for Barakah Beats

Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui

Cover for Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3)

Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Cover for Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter

Cover for Frankie & Bug

Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman

Cover for Manu

Manu by Kelly Fernandez

Cover for Neverforgotten

Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta, Aida Salazar, Iván Rickenmann

Cover for Playing the Cards You're Dealt

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson

Cover for The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

The Troubled Girls of Dragomire Academy by Anne Ursu

Cover for Tidesong

Tidesong by Wendy Xu


Cover for All of Us Villains

All of Us Villains by Amada Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Cover for Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cover for Black Birds in the Sky

Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert

Cover for The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Cover for The Keeper of Night

The Keeper of the Night by Kylie Lee Baker

Cover for Little Thieves

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Cover for Skin of the Sea

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Cover for Squad

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

Cover for Within These Wicked Walls

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Cover for You've Reached Sam

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

A Perfect Day by Jennifer Yerkes

Cover image for A Perfect Day.

A Perfect Day by Jennifer Yerkes (9780802855770)

The day starts with a peaceful song of birds and crickets. The hornets buzz in and out of their paper nest and the frogs croak from the lily pads. The melody continues through the morning, until the weather changes. Dark clouds enter the sky accompanied by the crash of thunder cymbals. The rhythm of falling rain takes up the beat. The rain drives down, filling the air. Then it ends with plunks of drops into puddles. The symphony is complete.

This picture book is beautifully simple. The text is carries the theme of music throughout the day, applying it cleverly to the sounds of the meadow. The various noises made by the animals will have children joining into the noise and creating their own music along the way. Admirably even with the onset of the storm, the pacing and feel of the book stays the same. There is no panic at the natural storm but a calmness that accompanies the noise and rhythm.

The illustrations are done with lovely fine lines that celebrate the vegetation and inhabitants of the meadow. Most of the animals are given a color that is their own from the orange fox to the green frog to the yellow bird. This will invite conversation about the illustrations, colors and what is happening on the pages. Some of the pages are wonderful in their simple drama such as the spread of rainfall that covers the meadow.

A musical look at nature. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy provided by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.