Must-Have Picture Books of 2021

Is there anything cozier than gathering at the fireplace or settling into bed for story time? Grab one of these fantastic picture books to make your next bedtime story even more special!

The Legend of the Christmas Witch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593350805
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

From Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and creative partner Dan Murphy comes the long lost tale of the Christmas Witch, Santa Claus's much misunderstood twin sister. The perfect gift for the holiday season and beyond!

Little Messy Marcy Su Cover Image
By Cherie Fu, Julie Kwon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780759556096
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 30th, 2021

A pitch-perfect rhyming text about messiness that any child and parent can relate to -- featuring a unique Chinese-American, intergenerational twist.

Marcy Su couldn't help make messes, track mud on the floors, and get stains on her dresses.

But Marcy's Mama has had enough!

Off-Limits Cover Image
By Helen Yoon, Helen Yoon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207316
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Candlewick - November 9th, 2021

For every child who has ever felt that grown-ups have all the fun, here is a vicarious chance to slip behind the office door—and play with all the tempting things that are off-limits.

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

A Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Book of the Year! An innovative and charming tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger.

Circle Under Berry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797205083
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 14th, 2021

Part Sandra Boynton, part Each Peach Pear Plum; part Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, part Hippopposites—a treat for the brain and the tongue.

With an elegant and simple approach, this thought-provoking concept book shows young readers that everything in the world can be seen from infinite perspectives.

Dream Street Cover Image
By Tricia Elam Walker, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525581109
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - November 16th, 2021


Hello, Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316451758
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

Stunningly illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, Hello, Star (written by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic) is an inspiring story about a love of science and the importance of empathy.  When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out.

Stick And Stone: Best Friends Forever! Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780358473022
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Published: Clarion Books - September 7th, 2021

This ode to unconditional love is a new picture book adventure for New York Times bestselling BFFs Stick and Stone, in which Stick searches for his family tree and discovers the importance of found family and forever friends.

Have You Seen Gordon? Cover Image
By Adam Jay Epstein, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534477360
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2021!

Packed with vibrant and dizzying artwork, this hilarious story cleverly riffs on classic seek-and-find books and will have young ones laughing out loud as the narrator struggles to get the characters to play along.

Have you seen Gordon? Oh. There he is.

Wishes Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338305890
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Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.

Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family.

A Sled for Gabo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534445345
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

The Snowy Day meets Last Stop on Market Street in this heartwarming classic in the making about a young boy who is in a new town and doesn’t have much, but with the help of a loving community discovers the joys of his first snowy day.

On the day it snows, Gabo sees kids tugging sleds up the hill, then coasting down, whooping all the while.

The Hug Cover Image
By Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780571348756
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Published: Faber & Faber Children's - April 2nd, 2019

"A pleasure"--Kirkus

Where Snow Angels Go Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536219371
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Published: Candlewick - November 16th, 2021

What happens to a snow angel after you leave it behind? A little girl discovers she has an unusual protector in a modern fairy tale with gorgeously detailed illustrations.

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823446988
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021

A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year
In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister-- making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children.

There's a Ghost In This House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593466186
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Published: Philomel Books - November 2nd, 2021

A captivating and utterly unique picture book with interactive, transparent pages about a girl who lives in a haunted house from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers.