Raise your hand if you are just. about. done. with the year 2021. I sure am! As I look forward to the new year, I want to share a few of the 2021 picture books that will be released this year. Here are the ones I am most excited about!
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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is about learning to love and celebrate what makes you unique. The young, Asian girl in the story notices that her eyes look different than those of her peers. But she draws strength from the powerful women in her life and learns to recognize her own beauty. This would pair well with Where Are You From? and Hair Love.
Dreams for a Daughter by Carole Boston Weatherford
Dreams for a Daughter celebrates a black mother’s hopes and dreams for her daughter. It is a love letter from mother to daughter. This story will inspire young girls to follow their dreams, no matter what the challenges. It shares that the love and support of others will follow them as they venture out into the world.
In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel
In My Mosque celebrates traditions and joys found in mosques around the world. It reminds us that we are all connected. And that we all hope for the same things – connection to family, caring for others and peace. This book also includes several pages of back matter for readers.
48 Grasshopper Estates by Sara de Wall
The young girl in this story can make almost anything from materials around her. Making fiends, however, is hard for her. 48 Grasshopper Estates emphasizes the power of imagination and finding companionship where you least expect it!
We Are Still Here! by Traci Sorell
In We are Still Here, 12 Native American Kids share the struggles and victories of Native life. Too often Native American history is treated as a finished chapter, but this book shares that it is relevant and ongoing. It educates readers on the sufferings of indigenous peoples and focuses on the resilience of these communities. This story would pair well with Sorrell’s previous book, We Are Grateful.
What 2021 picture books are you looking forward to? Share in the comments below!
In my last post, I shared my favorite picture books of 2020, so be sure to check that out for more read-aloud ideas!
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