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
Bald is Beautiful by Carola Schmidt
Bear Can't Wait by Karma Wilson
Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor
Beyond by Miranda Paul
Bindu's Bindis by Supriya Kelkar
Bottle & Stick by Jennifer Stephens
Bravo, Anjali! by Sheetal Sheth
Breaking the Ice by Angie Bullaro
Can You See Me? by Gokce Irten
Cat Dog by Mem Fox
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
Good Night, Good Night by Sandra Boynton
Gordy and the Ghost Crab by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Grace and Scout by Michele Morgan and Lauren Lovejoy
Growing Pains by Alison McLennan
Guardian of the Groceries by Michael Albanese
Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima
Have You Seen Gordon? by Adam Jay Epstein
Honey Mountain by Jane Taylor
How to Hide a Ghost by MacKenzie Haley
I Am Different by Crystel Patterson
Is Was by Deborah Freedman
It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers ⭐
It's OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon
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
Let's Play Outside by Ashley Rumbaugh
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
Merry Witchmas by Petrell Mariz Ozbay
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
One Tough Cookie by Sean Cusack
Pear of Hope by Wenda Shurety
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
Slow Down, Tumbleweed! by Haven Iverson
Smile and Say Hi by Mary Jo Hazard
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 Cidads are Coming by Doug Wechsler
The Clothesline Code by Janet Halfmann
The Last Straw by Zoe Matthiessen
The Leaning Tower of Pizza by Derek Taylor Kent
The Little Monster by Sheri Fink
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 ⭐
The Welcome Chair by Rosemary Wells
The Wheels on the Bus by May Nakamura
There Once Was A Girl: AJ by Maria Siracusa Quinto
They Call Me Lucky by Lauren Zurcher
This is Drew by Catherine White
Try It! by Mara Rockliff
Upside-Down Friday by Lana Spasevski
Vampenguin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
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
Wildfire! by Ashley Wolff
You Can't Kiss A Bubble by Karen A Wyle
You Have to Read This Book! by Bruce Eric Kaplan




MIDDLE GRADE


400 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath (Thriller/ Adventure)
A Discovery Disappears by Pip Murphy (Historical Mystery)
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)
All Pets Allowed by Adele Griffin (Contemporary)
Alley & Rex by Joel N Ross (Contemporary / Humor)
Aven Green Baking Machine by Dusti Bowling (Contemporary)
Aven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling (Mystery)
Bake Believe by Cori Cooper (Magical Realism)
Barb the Last Berzerker by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson (Fantasy / Graphic)
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)
Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby (Humor)
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: An Ominous Threat by Cube Kid (Graphic / Fantasy / Gaming)
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)
Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman (Historical)
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)
Innate: A Chance Dawson Story by Eric Carter (Fantasy)
How To Change Everything by Naomi Klein (Nonfiction)
I'm With the Banned by Marlene Perez (Paranormal)
Journey to Juniper Junction by Heather N. Quinn (Contemporary)
Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani (Mystery / Time Travel)
Legends of the Black Forest by Daniel Lee Nicholson (Fantasy)
Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors by David Nielson (Science Fiction / Humor)
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) ⭐
Once Upon A Camel by Kathi Appelt (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)
Squirrel Do Bad: Trubble Town by Stephan Pastis (Humor / Graphic)
Star Beasts by Stephanie Young (Science Fiction / Graphic)
Stuntboy, In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds (Contemporary)
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 Burglar's Ball by Julia Golding (Historical Mystery)
The Crosswood by Gabrielle Prendergast (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 Legend of Hobart by Heather Mullaly (Fantasy)
The List of Unspeakable Fears by by J. Kasper Kramer (Historical)
The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon (Fantasy)
The Twelve Tasks by Katharine Wibell (Fantasy)
The Weaver's Daughter by Sylvia Patience (Contemporary)
The Wild Book by Juan Villoro (Fantasy)
They Fell from the Sky by Liezl Buenaventura (Science Fiction / Graphic)
Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel (Memoir / Graphic)
Too Small Tola by Antinuke (Contemporary / Chapter Book)
Unicorn Island by Donna Galanti (Fantasy)
Vasilisa by Julie Mathison (Fantasy)
Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee (Contemporary)
Wash Your Hands! by Margaret McNamara (Early Reader)
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)
Asylum by Tamera Lawrence (Thriller)
Bear Boy by Justin Barker (Memoir)
Bea's Witch by Daniel Ingram-Brown (Magical Realism)
Becoming Brooklyn by Amanda Deich (Science Fiction)
Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells (Paranormal)
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)
Dagger Hill by Devon Taylor (Science Fiction / Thriller)
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)
Dragons Walk Among Us by Dan Rice (Urban Fantasy)
Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli (Fantasy)
Eyes of the Forest by April Henry (Thriller)
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)
Life Sciences by Joy Sorman (Coming of Age)
List of Ten by Halli Gomez (Contemporary)
Leisha's Song by Lynn Slaughter (Mystery)
Lost in Nowhere by Barbara Pietron (Paranormal)
Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers (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)
Purgatory by Dirk Stevens (Paranormal)
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)
Tempest by C.J. Campbell (Fantasy)
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 Jade Talisman by Alanna Mackenzie (Science Fiction / Fantasy)
The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher (Paranormal)
The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe (Magical Realism)
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (Historical Fantasy)
The Whaler's Daughter by Jerry Mikoranda (Historical)
They Stay by Claire Fraise  (Paranormal / Thriller)
Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel (Memoir / Graphic)
To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydmann (Romance / Paranormal (pinch of))
Under a Lavender Moon by Christina Mai Fong (Fantasy)
Under the Milky Way by Vanessa Barneveld (Science Fiction)
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (Fantasy)
When Can We Go Back to America? by Susan H. Kamei (Nonfiction) ⭐
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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