Books Reviewed

 While I have the covers of all books reviewed during 2021 coming up under the Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult tabs, some people prefer a bit more organization. (Why? I don't know, either. I mean, how could dry titles be more exciting than beautiful, bright and bold covers?) 

But for all those exact folks, you can find all books listed by title here. I've grouped them into three categories (picture book, middle grade, and young adult), marked by genre for middle grade and young adults, and placed a star next to those reads, which I especially enjoyed. Star reads have the chance of hitting my favorite list at the end of the year.


PICTURE BOOKS


#1 Dad by Cindy Jin
21 Cousins by Diane de Anda
A Common Thirst by Gary Boelhower
A Fly for a Frog by Stephen Dallas
Angel and the Butterfly by Darlene Mallich
Babushka is Homesick by Carola Schmidt
Bear Can't Wait by Karma Wilson
Beyond by Miranda Paul
Bindu's Bindis by Supriya Kelkar
Bottle & Stick by Jennifer Stephens
Breaking the Ice by Angie Bullaro
Can You See Me? by Gokce Irten
Cliff the Failed Troll by Barbara Davis-Pyles
Cougar Crossing by Meeg Pincus
Curls by Ruth Forman
Delicious! by Julie Larios
Ducks on the Road by Anita Lobel
Eat Up, Bear! by Terry Pierce
Edmund the Elephant Who Forgot by Kate Dalgleish ⭐
Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal
Four Paws, Two Feet, One Team by Conner Quinn and Mary Cortani
Glow by Ruth Forman
Goodnight Box by Michael B Horn and Tracy Kim Horn
Good Night, Earth by Linda Bondestam
Gordy and the Ghost Crab by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Growing Pains by Alison McLennan
Guardian of the Groceries by Michael Albanese
Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima
Honey Mountain by Jane Taylor
How to Hide a Ghost by MacKenzie Haley
I Am Different by Crystel Patterson
It's OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon
Is Was by Deborah Freedman
Jenny's First Catch by Susan Sachs Levine
Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldan Devetach ⭐
Jump at the Sun by Alicia D. Williams
Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca
Life in a Wetland by Doris Dumrauf 
Little Love by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Marjory Saves the Everglades by Sandra Neil Wallace
Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Milo the Albino Dino by Dolev Zaharony
Milo's Moonlight Mission by Kathleen M. Blasi
More of Ryan's World of Science by Ryan Kaji (Beginning Readers)
Multicultural Idiom Books by Language Lizard
My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard
Nerdycorn by Andrew Root
Peter the Easter Frog by Erin Dealey
Rock by Rock by Jennifer Bradbury
Sakamoto's Swim Club by Julie Abery 
Sharing A Smile by Nicki Kramer
Sleepy Stories by Mario Levrero
Sloth Wasn't Sleepy by Kate Messner
Tell Me A Story, Babushka by Carola Schmidt
The Art of Words by Robert Vescio
The Big Day by Terry Lee Caruthers ⭐
The Blue Tit Travels - Africa by Astra
The Chuna by Nadia Khan
The Clothesline Code by Janet Halfmann
The Last Straw by Zoe Matthiessen
The Restless Rooster by Jasmine Buynovsky
The Star Tree by Gisela Colle
The Sun by Laura Perdew
The True Story of Zippy Chippy by Artie Bennett ⭐
There Once Was A Girl: AJ by Maria Siracusa Quinto
This is Drew by Catherine White
Try It! by Mara Rockliff
Upside-Down Friday by Lana Spasevski
What Can Hayes Be? by Kayce Smith
What Makes A Yak Laugh by JD Coddington and H Drew
Where the Heart Is by Irma Gold
You Have to Read This Book! by Bruce Eric Kaplan




MIDDLE GRADE


400 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath (Thriller/ Adventure)
A Mystery at Lili Villa by Arathi Menon (Mystery)
Adventure Boys! by Nicole Duggan (Non-Fiction / Activity)
A Lamb Called Lucky by Helen Peters (contemporary)
Alina: A Song for the Telling by Malve von Hassell (Historical)
Aven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling (Mystery)
Bake Believe by Cori Cooper (Magical Realism)
Be Your Own Best Friend Forever by Gary Robinson (Self-Help)
Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen (Contemporary)
Camping Activity Book for Kids by Amelia Mayer (Non-Fiction)
Champion's Quest: The Die of Destiny by Frank L. Cole (Fantasy)
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: An OP Alliance by Pirate Sourcil (Fantasy/Gaming/Graphic)
Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang (Fantasy)
Escape from a Video Game: Mystery on the Starship Crusader by Dustin Brady (Science Fiction / CYOA) ⭐
Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez (Contemporary)
Geraldine Pu and Her Lunchbox, Too! by Maggie P. Chang (Beginning Reader / Graphic)
Heaven's Design Team by Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and Tarako (Manga, Humor, STEM)
Home Is Where the Heart Is (Good Dog #1) by Cam Higgens (Chapter Book)
How To Change Everything by Naomi Klein (Nonfiction)
Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani (Mystery / Time Travel)
Long Distance by Whitney Gardner (Science Fiction / Graphic)
Max and the Spice Thieves by John Peragine (Fantasy / Adventure)
Mia's Life: Fan Takeover! by Mia Fizz (Contemporary)
Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley (Fantasy)
Moon Force 1 by Janelle M. Adams (Science Fiction)
Odd Sports R Amazing! by Markus Baker and Adam Galvin (NonFiction / Sports)
Oddity by Eli Brown (Historical Fantasy) ⭐
Pizazz by Sophy Henn (Superhero / Humor)
Pranklab by Chris Ferrie (Non-Fiction)
Pugnapped! Commander Universe Saves the Day (Sort of) by Marty Kelley (Humor / Graphic)
Rat Rule 79: An Adventure by Rivka Galchen (Fantasy)
Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick (Mystery)
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles adapted by Stephanie Baudet (Mystery)
Shockwave by Jack Heath (Choose Your Own Adventure)
Six Thousand Doughnuts by Thomas Tosi (Humor)
Snakes Smell With Their Tongues by Thea Feldmann (Chapter Book / NonFiction)
Star Beasts by Stephanie Young (Science Fiction / Graphic)
Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba (Fantasy)
That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar (Magical Realism)
The Abbey Mystery: Jane Austen Investigates by Julia Golding (Historical, Mystery)
The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody (Fantasy) ⭐
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo (Fantasy)
The Cursed Castle: Escape Room by L.J. Tracosas (Puzzle Book)
The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegra (Contemporary)
The Firebird Song by Arnee Flores (Fantasy)
The Goblin Pitcher by Paul Lenardo (Sports Fantasy)
The Hero of Numbani by Nicky Drayden (Fantasy / Gamer)
The Infamous Frankie Lorde by Brittany Geragotelis (Thriller)
The Islanders by Mary Alice Monroe (Mystery)
The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon (Fantasy)
The Twelve Tasks by Katharine Wibell (Fantasy)
The Wild Book by Juan Villoro (Fantasy)
They Fell from the Sky by Liezl Buenaventura (Science Fiction / Graphic)
Too Small Tola by Antinuke (Contemporary / Chapter Book)
Unicorn Island by Donna Galanti (Fantasy)
Vasilisa by Julie Mathison (Fantasy)
We Want Equal Rights by Sally Roesch Wagner (NonFiction)
Wicker Village by Michael J Moore (Thriller / Mystery)
Wonder Women of Science by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue (Nonfiction)




YOUNG ADULT

A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert (Fantasy)
Bea's Witch by Daniel Ingram-Brown (Magical Realism)
Becoming Brooklyn by Amanda Deich (Science Fiction)
Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohen (Historical Fantasy)
Cool For The Summer by Dahlia Adler (Contemporary Romance)
Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson (Historical Fiction / Religious)
Court of the Grandchildren by Michael Muntisov and Greg Finlayson (SciFi / Dystopian)
Dark One by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy / Graphic Novel)
Date A Live by Koushi Tachibana (Fantasy/Science Fiction)
Down World by Rebecca Phelps (Thriller / Science Fiction)
Harvest Season by Christopher Bodmann (Science Fiction)
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield (Contemporary)
In the Shadow of the Cities by Laurel Solorzano (Dystopian/SciFi)
Iridescent by S.H. Everly (Magical Realism)
Leisha's Song by Lynn Slaughter (Mystery)
Life and Other Complications by Heather Mullaly (Contemporary)
List of Ten by Halli Gomez (Contemporary)
Leisha's Song by Lynn Slaughter (Mystery)
Lost in Nowhere by Barbara Pietron (Paranormal)
Marly in Pieces by Cathrina Constantine (Thriller) ⭐
Mortal Remains by Mary Ann Fraser (Paranormal)
Mu by Lyla Owens (Urban Fantasy/Reverse Harem)
Ninja Girl Adventures by M.G. Wilson and Phil Elmore (Thriller) ⭐
Origins by Lyla Owens (Urban Fantasy/Reverse Harem)
Playing With Fire by April Henry (Catastrophe Fiction)
Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence by Hazano Kazutake (Paranormal / Manga)
Shine by Jessica Jung  (Contemporary/Romance/KPop)
Silver Dawn Afire by Sonja J. Breckon (Fantasy)
Sisters of the Wolf by Patricia Miller-Schroeder (Historical)
Something For Bebe by Neil A. White (Historical / Thriller)
Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood (Contemporary)
The Cloudburst by Rajesh Naiksatam (Catastrophe Fiction)
The Connection by Dana Claire (Science Fiction)
The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity (Science Fiction / Graphic)
The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild and A.C. Harvey (Fantasy)
The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe (Magical Realism)
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (Historical Fantasy)
To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydmann (Romance / Paranormal (pinch of))
Under a Lavender Moon by Christina Mai Fong (Fantasy)
When the Ink Dries by Cassie Gustafson (Contemporary)
Where There's A Whisk by Sarah J Schmitt (Contemporary)
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Fantasy/Superhero)
Witching Moon by K.E. Bonner (Fantasy)
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (Paranormal / Gothic)
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi (Contemporary)
Your Heart My Sky by Margarita Engle (Poetry / Historical)


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