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LISA'S FAVORITE PICTURE BOOKS OF 2021

This has been a challenging year for so many reasons but there are also so many things to celebrate about 2021. One of those that is near and dear to my heart is the rich and vast array of children’s books that have been created this past year. These books have inspired us, entertained and delighted us, cheered us and opened our hearts and minds to worlds beyond our own. The list really is so long that it would be difficult to mention them all. This week, I will share some of my favorite Picture Books, next week I will move on to Middle Grade Books and then to Young Adult Books. In case you don’t already know this about me, I will remind you that I always recommend that adults read children’s books, as there is much to be gained and enjoyed in them for all of us. 

In no particular order…


 
 

            

Mel Fell

By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)

Mel Fell Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

Mel Fell Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021


            

Bear Island

By Matthew Cordell

Bear Island Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317162
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 26th, 2021

Bear Island Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317162
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 26th, 2021


            

What's Inside A Flower?: And Other Questions About Science & Nature

By Rachel Ignotofsky

What's Inside A Flower?: And Other Questions About Science & Nature Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176474
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

What's Inside A Flower?: And Other Questions About Science & Nature Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176474
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021


            

Milo Imagines the World

By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021


            

The Tree in Me

By Corinna Luyken

The Tree in Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112595
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 16th, 2021

The Tree in Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112595
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 16th, 2021


            

Someone Builds the Dream

By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator)

Someone Builds the Dream Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984814333
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 23rd, 2021

Someone Builds the Dream Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984814333
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 23rd, 2021


            

Be a Tree!

By Maria Gianferrari, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)

Be a Tree! Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419744228
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 2021

Be a Tree! Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419744228
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 2021


            

The Night Walk

By Marie Dorleans

The Night Walk Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782506393
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Published: Floris Books - April 20th, 2021

The Night Walk Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782506393
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Floris Books - April 20th, 2021


            

The Rock from the Sky

By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

The Rock from the Sky Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

The Rock from the Sky Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021


            

Free

By Sam Usher, Sam Usher (Illustrator)

Free Cover Image
By Sam Usher, Sam Usher (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536217049
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Templar - April 20th, 2021

Free Cover Image
By Sam Usher, Sam Usher (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536217049
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Templar - April 20th, 2021


            

Faraway Things

By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)

Faraway Things Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316492195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

Faraway Things Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316492195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021


            

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi

By James Yang

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593203446
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593203446
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021


            

Bear Is a Bear

By Jonathan Stutzman, Dan Santat (Illustrator)

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Bear Is a Bear Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062880512
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 14th, 2021

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By Jonathan Stutzman, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062880512
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 14th, 2021


            

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

By Tom Gauld

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The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446988
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446988
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021


            

Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time (Mouse Adventures)

By Torben Kuhlmann

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780735844445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NorthSouth Books - September 7th, 2021

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780735844445
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Published: NorthSouth Books - September 7th, 2021


            

Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)

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By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

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By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021


            

It Fell from the Sky

By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator) , Eric Fan (Illustrator)

It Fell from the Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

It Fell from the Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021


            

Trees

By Tony Johnston, Tiffany Bozic (Illustrator)

Trees Cover Image
By Tony Johnston, Tiffany Bozic (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534475175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 2nd, 2021

Trees Cover Image
By Tony Johnston, Tiffany Bozic (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534475175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 2nd, 2021


            

Everybody in the Red Brick Building

By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Everybody in the Red Brick Building Cover Image
By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062865762
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021

Everybody in the Red Brick Building Cover Image
By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062865762
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021


            

How Beautiful

By Antonella Capetti, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)

How Beautiful Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771648530
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Kids - November 2nd, 2021

How Beautiful Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771648530
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Kids - November 2nd, 2021


            

Dear Little One

By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)

Dear Little One Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 2nd, 2021

Dear Little One Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 2nd, 2021


            

Turtle Walk

By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Turtle Walk Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062934130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - October 6th, 2020

Turtle Walk Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062934130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - October 6th, 2020


            

The Littlest Yak

By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)

The Littlest Yak Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632826
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Peachtree - October 5th, 2021

The Littlest Yak Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632826
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Peachtree - October 5th, 2021


            

Ship in a Bottle

By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)

Ship in a Bottle Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

Ship in a Bottle Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021


            

Before I Grew Up

By John Miller, Giuliano Cucco (Illustrator)

Before I Grew Up Cover Image
By John Miller, Giuliano Cucco (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703616
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 23rd, 2021

Before I Grew Up Cover Image
By John Miller, Giuliano Cucco (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703616
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 23rd, 2021


            

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent

By Matthew Burgess, Kara Kramer (Illustrator)

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Kara Kramer (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703166
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 7th, 2021

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Kara Kramer (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703166
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 7th, 2021


            

Hike

By Pete Oswald, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)

Hike Cover Image
By Pete Oswald, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536201574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 17th, 2020

Hike Cover Image
By Pete Oswald, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536201574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 17th, 2020


            

Follow That Frog!

By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Follow That Frog! Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823444267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - February 2nd, 2021

Follow That Frog! Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823444267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - February 2nd, 2021


            

A House

By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

A House Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063092600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 28th, 2021

A House Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063092600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 28th, 2021

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