Whether your child is currently interested in picture books, graphic novels, or chapter books, there are a few essential titles to have on hand as the new year begins. These are the best books for Kids of 2021, with rich tales and compelling characters that address vital subjects for readers of all ages.
best Books for Kids by age :
Age: 2-3 years:
1. Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter wishes to learn to whistle, but it is not as simple as it appears. This beautifully illustrated story of a young child living in the city will appeal to toddlers who enjoyed The Snowy Day.
2. Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
by Tad Hills
Duck and Goose can help you count clouds, feet, and eyeballs. Many toddlers, like mine, have fallen in love with these small birds. My kids insisted on reading this book, and I can (and do) read it from memory.
3. Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
Nutbrown is a small nutbrown. Hare and his father attempt to put into words the unique bond that exists between parent and kid. This is the ideal book to curl up with before nap time because it is warm and cozy.
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4. Adventures with Barefoot Critters
by Teagan White
I’ve never seen a more adorable alphabet book. It’s a toddler favorite because of the cute images, brief phrases, and soft rhyme.
Books for Kids Age: 3-7 years
5. Dragons Love Tacos
by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
These are not ordinary dragons, they’re taco lovers. So, if you want to attract a swarm of dragons to your party, tacos are a must. Tacos in buckets and buckets. Unfortunately, there is salsa where there are tacos. And if a dragon consumes spicy salsa by accident… oh, boy. You’re in a lot of hot water.
6. My Little Brave Girl
by Hilary Duff, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Hilary Duff delivers a lovely and uplifting picture book about bravery and love, with poetic prose that inspires girls to aspire higher, dream bigger, and approach the world with their hearts wide open—perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation, and any day!
7. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
by Emily Winfield Martin
Emily Winfield Martin’s beautiful poem reflects all the loving things that parents think of when they gaze at their children, from brave and daring to creative and clever. With gorgeous graphics and a clever gatefold featuring youngsters in costumes, this is a book that adults will enjoy reading to children of all ages.
8. All by Myself (Little Critter)
by Mercer Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer
In this famous, hilarious, and endearing book, Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter wants to show you all the things he can do for himself. Parents and children alike will relate to this classic story, whether he’s tying his shoes, coloring a picture, or riding his bike. A fantastic approach to instill independence in children!
9. Attack of the Underwear Dragon
by Scott Rothman, illustrated by Pete Oswald
Cole must use all of his skill to battle the deadly Underwear Dragon when his goal of becoming an assistant to his favorite knight comes true! You can bet that a book featuring a large dragon wearing briefs will be a smash hit, so expect requests for numerous readings of this amusing tale!
10. Grumpy Monkey
by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang
Jim the monkey is in a bad mood for no apparent reason. His pals don’t understand why he’s in such a foul mood on such a gorgeous day. They urge him to smile and do things that make THEM happy, rather than a hunch. However, Jim is unable to accept all of the suggestions. Is it possible that he just needs a grumpy day?
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Books for Kids Age: 8-12 years
11. The Outdoor Scientist
by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, and autism advocate has written a book on exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see—complete with 40 engaging outdoor activities that kids can do all year!
12. Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
by Kelly J. Baptist
Following his father’s death, Isaiah tries to provide for his family. It’s a good thing he has Daddy’s notebook, which is chock-full of tales about the incredible Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who derives his abilities from beans and rice. The tenacious spirit of a ten-year-old child and the superhero strength it takes to grow up are explored in this new book.
13. Girl stuff
by Lisi Harrison
A new paperback series in which females assist one another in dealing with challenges such as friendship, crushes, and new experiences. They’ll discover how important female friendships are, as well as how wonderful it is to be yourself.
Books for Kids Age: 12 and Up
14. A Sky Beyond the Storm
by Sabaa Tahir
Prepare yourself for the shocking conclusion to Sabaa Tahir’s bestselling fantasy book An Ember in the Ashes, as they prepare for a quest that could save—or destroy—everything we know. It’s time to find out who will make it through the storm.
15. The Alchemyst
by Michael Scott
Nicholas Flammel may be most known for his role in the Harry Potter books, but he was also the greatest alchemist of all time! Dr. John Dee intends to destroy the world when he steals the Book of Abraham the Mage, which contains the keys to eternal life. Will Sophie and Josh be able to use their abilities to preserve it?
16. The Gilded Ones
by Namina Forna
When Deka is expelled from her town, she has the option of accepting her destiny or joining the emperor’s army of girls just like her. She will realize that the enormous walled city has many surprises as she travels to the capital.
17. House of Hollow
by Krystal Sutherland
A dark, twisting modern fairytale about three sisters who find they are not who they appear and that horrible things do indeed go bump in the night.
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18. My Epic Spring Break (Up)
by Kristin Rockaway
Ashley realizes she might be losing out on her high school experience as her plans wander off course. Ashley promises to have fun… and, for the first time, follow her heart now that spring break has arrived. Will her unforgettable spring break bring her to love, or will her heartbreak?