Publisher’s Weekly Summer Reads 2021

Publisher’s Weekly has their list of the best books of the summer for children. Here are the books featured on their list:


A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Nagochi by James Yang

It Began with Lemonade by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Lian Cho

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins


Fast Pitch by Nic Stone

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Joel Makonnen

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, illus. by Rachelle Baker


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

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by John He

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

18 Amazing New YA Books Coming in April

Here are 18 of the upcoming titles for teens that have gotten lots of buzz this spring. Lots of favorite authors along with new authors to love.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

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

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal

The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures by Christian Allaire

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela

Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders

What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan

18 Great New Books for Children Coming in April

Here are some of the top new books for children coming out in April. There is a delightful mix of returning characters. well-known authors and new voices. No fooling!

Aven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth by Rachel Sarah

It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Leonard, My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

Listening to the Stars: Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovers Pulsars by Jodie Parachini, illustrated by Alexandra Badiu

Merci Suarez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Middletown by Sarah Moon

A Peacemaker for Warring Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden

River Magic by Ellen Booraem

Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva

The Story of Bodri by Hedi Fried, illustrated by Stina Wirsen

Thornwood by Leah Cypress

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman

The Way of the Hive by Jay Hosler

Ways to Grow Love by Renee Watson, illustrated by Nina Mata

12 Amazing New Picture Books Arriving in April

Here are 12 of the new fiction and nonfiction picture books coming in April that have received starred reviews and attention. Lots of top authors and illustrators with books this month!

Amira’s Picture Day by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Fahmida Azim

El Toro and Friends: Training Day by Raul the Third

Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States compiled by Warren Binford

I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca

My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird by Paul Meisel

Night Walk by Marie Dorleans

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

Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King, illustrated by Ekua Holms

Sunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr

Yes & No by Elisha Cooper

Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List

The spring Kids Indie Next list has been released. The titles are chosen by independent book sellers across the country. Here are the selected books for this season:

TOP TEN (lists only 9 titles)

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

AGES 4-8

Bartali’s Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s Secret Hero by Megan Hoyt, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Bear Can’t Wait by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Carpenter’s Helper by Sybil Rosen, illustrated by Camille Garoche

The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water by Steve Small

The Little Library by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

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

More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine

My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang, illustrated by Huynh Kim Lien

Regina Is Not a Little Dinosaur by Andrea Zuill

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long

Something’s Wrong! by Jory John, illustrated by Erin Kraan

Sunny-Side Up by Jacky Davis, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Wolfboy by Andy Harkness

AGES 9-12

Across the Pond by Joy McCullough

Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kit Seaton

Charlie Thorne and the Lost City by Stuart Gibbs

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

Golden Gate (City of Spies #2) by James Ponti

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman

The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

The Memory Thief by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told to His Brother) by David Levithan

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

Thornlight by Claire Legrand

Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet by Tom Sullivan


Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Game Changer by Neal Schusterman

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu

Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi

12 Upcoming March YA Books

Here are some of the great teen books coming out in March. Lots of diverse authors and protagonists. Enjoy!

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Hazards of Love: Bright World by Stan Stanley

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

The Seventh Raven

The Seventh Raven by David Elliott

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi

13 Upcoming March Children’s Books

Here are 13 books for children in elementary and middle school that are being released in March. Lots of new faces and old friends. Enjoy!

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter

Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Julia Iredale

Amina’s Song by Hena Khan

The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

Infinity by Pablo Bernasconi

The Memory Thief by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty

These Unlucky Stars by Gillian McDunn

Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman

Your Heart, My Sky by Margarita Engle

15 Upcoming March Picture Book Releases

Here are some great new picture books coming out in March to look forward to. Lots of authors you will recognize and a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Enjoy!

Be a Tree! by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Felicita Sala

Blue Floats Away by Travis Jonker, illustrated by Grant Snider

Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery

Hugo and the Impossible Thing by Renee Felice Smith and Chris Gabriel, illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

The Lost Package by Richard Ho, illustrated by Jessica Lanan

My Nana’s Garden by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

On the Other Side of the Forest by Nadine Robert, illustrated by Gerard DeBois

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Rissy No Kissies by Katey Howes, illustrated by Jess Engle

Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Annie Bowler

Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge

Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer

21 New and Upcoming #OwnVoices Books to Celebrate Black History and Black Lives

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership and Legacy by Kekla Magoon, illustrated by Laura Freeman

J. D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

Like Home by Louisa Onome

Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson

One of the Good Ones by Martiza Moulite

Root Magic by Eden Royce

Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard, illustrated by Keith Mallett

Separate No More: Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight for Equality in School by Lawrence Goldstone

Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

Time for Kenny by Brian Pinkney

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

We Wait for the Sun by Katie McCabe

When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris