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Best Picture Books of 2021

Many amazing picture books were published this year but these are the ones readers are raving about.

Stick and Stone: Forever Friends

Beth Ferry

This ode to unconditional love is a brand new adventure for New York Times best-selling BFFs Stick and Stone, in which Stick searches for his family tree and discovers the importance of found family and forever friends. Stick has always wanted to fin

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Outside, Inside

LeUyen Pham

From Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham, Outside, Inside is a moving picture book celebrating essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Something strange happened on an unremarkable day jus

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Mel Fell

Corey R. Tabor

A charming and innovative tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger. Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant f

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Chris Haughton

Mmm ... mangos ! The monkeys want one. The problem is, there are tigers around. Hmm ... maybe they could just look at the mangos ? That'd be ok, right ?

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Chez Bob

Bob Shea

"A lazy alligator comes up with a plan to lure his prey by opening up a restaurant for birds--until he realizes that birds are even better as friends"--

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Bicycle Bash

Alison Farrell

Richard Scarry meetsNana In the City in this bicycle themed seek-and-find adventure. Imagine visiting Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory--but for bikes! This is a seek-and-find/activity book rife with quirky illustrations that hits the sweet spot o

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Bear Is a Bear

Jonathan Stutzman

A gorgeous, classic gift book about the enduring love between a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear, from popular author Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat. Bear is . . . a ne

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Stella's Stellar Hair

Yesenia Moises

Black girl magic takes the solar system in Stella's Stellar Hair, a celebration of hair, family, and self-love from debut author-illustrator Yesenia Moises! It’s the day of the Big Star Little Gala, and Stella's hair just isn't actin

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Milo Imagines the World

Matt de la Peña

Milo is on a long subway ride with his older sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. There's the whiskered man with the crossword puzzle; Milo imagines him playing solitaire in a cluttered apa

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