Best Books of 2021 So Far: Picture Books

Welcome to another round of the Best Books of the Year so Far, where halfway through the year, I name the titles I read that I feel are the best of 2021. This year, I am switching things up a bit. Instead of listing all the best books I read in one post, I will be breaking them up by genre! So every Tuesday until mid-August, catch my favorite reads of 2021 that will make you want to rush over to your list and add to your ever-growing TBR pile!

I may be a young adult librarian , but that doesn’t mean I don’t take up the opportunity to read picture books! I encounter parents in my profession so knowing what picture books are good for young readers is always a plus. However, there is something comforting and soothing about reading a picture book. And so far, I read some amazing ones! So here we go…for this week’s Best Books of 2021 So Far, we dive right into picture books;


Picture Books

I Get Loud by David Ouimet

An enlightening picture book with such detailed and depictive imagery! If you loved “I Go Quiet” then you will love this one. Even though you may be quiet, you can find the words when you meet the right person and overcome anything. 

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Maybe you can’t really know anyone just by looking at their face.” Such a beautiful picture book for children that has such an important lesson. And the twist at the end was great! Made it more realistic!

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain and illustrated by Ella Bailey

A beautifully illustrated picture book about how young children can learn how to express their feelings but it also fine to have those feelings and it’s something that may be with you always. A great read for parents to read to their kids!

Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

This is a great picture book that does a wonderful job expressing and illustrating the diversity and differences of the human body. Also, the illustrations are bright and eye-catching which is major plus for parents when reading to their young readers.

Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds

Expected publication: October 5th

I loved this! A beautiful and diverse picture book that depicts the importance of family and togetherness. I really loved how the colors of the pictures started off as a purple, somber tone but when they come together, it more jubilant and bright. A great way for kids to see what is happy and sad. This is must need picture book that is perfect for family story time!

The Big Bad Wolf in My House by Valérie Fontaine, illustrated by Nathalie Dion and translated by Shelley Tanaka

Such a moving story about an issue that doesn’t get discussed widely amongst younger children, although a portion have to deal with everyday. The beautiful illustrations really bring out the fear yet hopefulness of the story.

Where Snow Angels Go

by Maggie O’Farrell and illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

Expected publication: October 5th

I love this rendition of a fairy tale created by an author for their children. So full of magic and wonder, it had mythical atmosphere that myths and legends provide that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Also has beautiful illustrations combined with lyrical writing, a great combo for a picture book!



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