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The Most-Anticipated Picture Books
of 2021

by Rosemary D'Urso

With stories about celebrating differences and managing big emotions alongside beautifully illustrated treasures and informative nonfiction titles, the lineup of new picture books being published in 2021 is another reason to get excited for the new year. Adults and children alike will be delighted to see many celebrities making their picture book debuts, in addition to new stories from well-known and beloved authors and illustrators. Start marking your calendar now because you are not going to want to miss these outstanding books!

  • Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember

    by Tim Tebow, illustrated by Jane Chapman, with A.J. Gregory

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    Famous football player and advocate, Tim Tebow, helps children feel unique and loved in his debut picture book. When a group of animals are invited to a party, they fear that they won’t be accepted. Instead, they find that they are being honored for their unique gifts! This sweet story reassures readers that everyone is special and essential.
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • C is for Country

    by Lil Nas X, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

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    Discover all things country in this clever ABC book by Grammy-winning artist, Lil Nas X. The “Old Town Road” singer has now crafted a picture book that uses the alphabet to guide readers through life on a farm. Throw on those cowboy hats and prepare for a rollicking good time!
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • There’s a Superhero in Your Book

    by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

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    Fans of interactive books are going to love the newest installment of the Who’s In Your Book? series. Prepare for giggles as readers excitedly help a superhero vanquish an evil villain who is trying to ruin the book. Little hands will love tapping and lifting the book to help save the day and feel like a hero themselves.
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • Welcome Flower Child

    by Brigette Barrager

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    Gorgeous illustrations fill the pages of this beautiful book that informs readers of special characteristics children have based on their birth month — along with a complementary flower that blooms during that time. This charming story is an excellent choice for baby showers, birthdays, holidays, and reading all year long.
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • Washy Wash! And Other Healthy Habits (Sesame Street)

    by Random House, illustrated by Sesame Workshop and Paul Roberts

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    Join the beloved characters from Sesame Street as they playfully introduce ways for children to stay healthy. Flowing rhymes describe how to correctly wash hands and the importance of giving others space by standing six feet apart. The bouncy text and colorful illustrations will not only entertain, but leave readers with healthy habits to apply to their everyday lives.
    (On Sale: 1/12/2021)

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  • Milo Imagines the World

    by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

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    Just as they did with their award-winning story, Last Stop on Market Street, the dynamic partnership of Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson has produced an eye-catching and thought-provoking tale that reminds readers to look beyond appearances to make meaningful connections. As Milo rides the subway home, he imagines the interesting lives the diverse passengers lead. When a boy gets off at the same stop as Milo, however, he discovers that there is more to people than the way they dress and look.
    (On Sale: 2/2/2021)

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  • What’s Inside A Flower?

    by Rachel Ignotofsky

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    Budding scientists will love exploring the stunning pages of this informative nonfiction book that teaches children how flowers grow. This in-depth view of one of nature’s splendors will spark readers’ curiosity and inspire them to learn more about the world around them.
    (On Sale: 2/2/2021)

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  • The Tale of the Mandarin Duck

    by Bette Midler, afterword and photographs by Michiko Kakutani

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    In a city where everyone is looking down at their phones, it’s easy to forget the wonder of the real world. When a rainbow-colored duck is spotted in Central Park, however, a spell is broken and onlookers are reminded of natural beauty and the face-to-face connections that can be made with others. Readers will especially love seeing the impressive photographs of the real-life duck that inspired the story.
    (On Sale: 2/2/2021)

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  • G My Name Is Girl

    by Dawn Masi

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    This multi-cultural ABC book is a joyful celebration of girls from around the world. Listed alphabetically, a group of diverse girls from 26 countries are featured along with a rousing attribute. A map is included to give children a more global perspective.
    (On Sale: 2/23/2021)

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  • Big Feelings

    by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

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    Complex emotions are made more relatable in this inclusive picture book that teaches children how to manage their big feelings. The colorful illustrations and upbeat text are reassuring and many children will relate to the diverse characters exploring their emotions.
    (On Sale: 3/2/2021)

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  • A New Day

    by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Dan Santat

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    When Sunday quits as one of the days of the week, the other days place an ad for a replacement. What ensues is a comical array of possible substitutes ending with an act of kindness that makes the week whole again. Full of heart and humor, this entertaining story is sure to become a new favorite read aloud.
    (On Sale: 3/2/2021)

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  • My Monster and Me

    by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Ella Bailey

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    This hopeful story personifies anxiety in the shape of a monster, making it more concrete and manageable for children. When a little boy’s worry monster follows him everywhere, he finally gains the strength to confront it. He shares his concerns with others and in doing so, vanquishes his fears. This inspiring tale will comfort children and empower them to overcome their own worry monsters.
    (On Sale: 3/2/2021)

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  • I am Frida Kahlo

    by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

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    With child-friendly language and colorful illustrations, readers will delight in learning about the iconic Frida Kahlo in the newest book in the New York Times-bestselling biography series. Many of the distinguished Mexican artist’s admirable traits are highlighted including her curiosity, resilience, and talent for self-expression.
    (On Sale: 3/9/2021)

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  • The Tree in Me

    by Corinna Luyken

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    This striking story plays upon the strength of the human spirit by comparing people to trees. Readers will delight in the radiant illustrations showcasing diverse children finding their connection with nature.
    (On Sale: 03/16/2021)

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  • Someone Builds the Dream

    by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long

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    Readers gain an appreciation of the unsung heroes who work together as a team to build bridges, parks, and so much more in this beautifully-illustrated gem. The simple text encourages children to look beyond the finished product and see the hard work that goes into structures that we take for granted.
    (On Sale: 03/23/2021)

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  • My Little Brave Girl

    by Hilary Duff, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

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    This sweet love letter from a mother to a daughter provides sage advice, empowering a child to be her best self and find happiness in life. Rich illustrations add to the tender tone of the book making this one that will most likely be revisited often through the years.
    (On Sale: 03/23/2021)

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  • Fatima’s Great Outdoors

    by Ambreen Tariq, illustrated by Stevie Lewis

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    As she sets out on her first camping trip, Fatima worries about the stressful week she had at school. Her concerns vanish, however, as she discovers the wonder of nature and relishes in quality time with her family. This is certainly a trip to remember and a story that will leave readers smiling.
    (On Sale: 03/30/2021)

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  • Hello World!

    by Kelly Corrigan, illustrated by Stacy Ebert

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    Embarking on a new adventure can be scary, but this encouraging new story assures readers of the exciting world waiting for us and of all the impactful people we will meet during life’s journey. With its uplifting tone and hopeful words, this is a perfect gift.
    (On Sale: 04/06/2021)

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  • No Pants!

    by Jacob Grant

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    Parents and children alike will be giggling their way through this hilarious tale of an obstinate child who refuses to get dressed. The expressive illustrations brilliantly capture the characters’ emotions as they find a creative way to get ready for a party.
    (On Sale: 04/27/2021)

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