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(September 2021)

Children's Picture Books - Top 10

  • 1 TIME FOR SCHOOL, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Blue gives a friend a ride to school.
  • 2 THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL! by Mo Willems. (Hyperion) Pigeon deals with the anxieties of going to school for the first time.
  • 3 THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Rafael López. (Nancy Paulsen) A group of school children embrace their differences.
  • 4 YOU MATTER by Christian Robinson. (Atheneum) How we all relate and contribute to the world around us.
  • 5 SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Roaring Brook) Even the schoolrooms have the jitters on the first day of classes.
  • 6 WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES! by Ryan T. Higgins. (Disney-Hyperion) Penelope Rex must control her urge to eat the children in her class.
  • 7 ALL ARE WELCOME by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. (Knopf) A celebration of kindness, inclusivity and diversity at a school.
  • 8 THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin. (Random House) A celebration of future possibilities.
  • 9 DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. (Dial) What to serve your dragon-guests.
  • 10 HOW TO CATCH A UNICORN by Adam Wallace. Illustrated by Andy Elkerton. (Sourcebooks Wonderland) Children attempt to capture the mythical creature.

Children's Middle Grade (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 WONDER by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf) A boy with a facial deformity starts school.
  • 2 REFUGEE by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Three children in three different conflicts look for safe haven.
  • 3 GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Parallel storylines of Brandon and Reshmina take place on Sept. 11th, in 2001 and 2019.
  • 4 BLACK BOY JOY edited by Kwame Mbalia. (Delacorte) Seventeen stories that celebrate the joys of Black boyhood.
  • 5 ALI CROSS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON by James Patterson. (jimmy patterson) Ali investigates the shooting of new friend, Zoe.
  • 6 THE ONE AND ONLY BOB by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao. (HarperCollins) In this sequel to "The One and Only Ivan," Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister.
  • 7 BEST NERDS FOREVER by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. (jimmy patterson) As a ghost, Finn attempts to solve his own murder.
  • 8 THE OFFICIAL HARRY POTTER BAKING BOOK by Joanna Farrow. (Scholastic) Forty-three tasty recipes inspired by the Harry Potter films.
  • 9 THE ICKABOG by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic) A fearsome monster threatens the kingdom of Cornucopia.
  • 10 AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by B.B. Alston. (Balzer + Bray) Amari Peters competes for a spot at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs.

Young Adult Books (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus. (Delacorte) For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.
  • 2 STAMPED by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. (Little, Brown) An exploration of racism and antiracism in America.
  • 3 THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. (Balzer + Bray) A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer kill her friend.
  • 4 REALM BREAKER by Victoria Aveyard. (HarperTeen) A small band of misfits attempt to save Allward.
  • 5 LORE by Alexandra Bracken. (Disney-Hyperion) To get revenge for her family's murder, Lore must re-enter a hunt know as the Agon.
  • 6 GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Pip investigates the disappearance of her friend.
  • 7 THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong. (Margaret K. McElderry) A reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai.
  • 8 FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley. (Holt) Daunis investigates a deadly new drug being distributed in her tribal community.
  • 9 SMALL FAVORS by Erin A. Craig. (Delacorte) Mythic monsters have returned to destroy Amity Falls and Ellerie must protect her farm and siblings.
  • 10 ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Abike-Iyimide. (Feiwel & Friends) An anonymous texter known as Aces reveals secrets about an elite private school’s only two Black students.

Children's Series - Top 10

  • 1 HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic) A wizard hones his conjuring skills in the service of fighting evil.
  • 2 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet) The travails and challenges of adolescence.
  • 3 THE TWILIGHT SAGA by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown) Vampires and werewolves and their intrigues in high school.
  • 4 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion) A boy battles mythological monsters.
  • 5 SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo. (Square Fish) The basis of the Netflix series; previously titled "The Grisha Trilogy."
  • 6 AWESOME FRIENDLY KID written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet) Rowley Jefferson chronicles his life story and adventures.
  • 7 WINGS OF FIRE by Tui T. Sutherland. (Scholastic) Only the five dragonets of destiny can unite the seven warring dragon tribes.
  • 8 CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. (Scholastic) Boys and their principal fight evil.
  • 9 THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH by Max Brallier. Illustrated by Douglas Holgate. (Viking) Jack and his friends fight for their lives through the zombie apocalypse.
  • 10 FOLK OF THE AIR by Holly Black. (Little, Brown) Jude’s quest to become the first mortal queen of the High Court of Faerie.