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Best Books of 2021

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Notable Children’s Books 2021

Amazon Best Books of the Year

Picture Books

Ages 6-8

Ages 9-12

Bank Street Books Best Children’s Books 2021

Under 5

5-9 years old

9-12 years old

Best Graphic Novels 2021

American Library Association

Fuse 8 Blog – 31 Days, 31 Lists – by Betsy Bird

Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

Fuse 8 Blog – 31 Days, 31 Lists by Betsy Bird

December 1 – Great Board Books

December 2 – Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

December 3 – Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

December 4 – Picture Book Readalouds

December 5 – Rhyming Picture Books

December 6 – Funny Picture Books

December 7 – CaldeNotts

December 8 – Picture Book Reprints

December 9 – Math Books for Kids

December 10 – Books with a Message

December 11 – Fabulous Photography

December 12 – Wordless Picture Books

December 13 – Translated Titles

December 14 – Fairy Tales / Folktales / Religious Tales

December 15 – Unconventional Children’s Books

December 16 – Middle Grade Novels

December 17 – Poetry Books

December 18 – Easy Books & Early Chapter Books

December 19 – Older Funny Books

December 20 – Science Fiction Books

December 21 – Fantasy Books

December 22 – Informational Fiction

December 23 – American History

December 24 – Science & Nature Books

December 25 – Autobiographies *NEW TOPIC!*

December 26 – Biographies

December 27 – Nonfiction Books for Older Readers

December 28 – Nonfiction Picture Books

December 29 – Best Audiobooks for Kids

December 30 – Comics & Graphic Novels

December 31 – Picture Books

Kirkus Reviews

Best Picture Books of the Year

Best Beginning Readers of the Year

Best Chapter Books of the Year

Best Indie Children’s Books

Best Indie Children’s Family Books

Best Indie Children’s Animal Books

Best K-2 Informational Text

Best Gr. 3-5 Nonfiction

National Public Radio

Children’s Books We Love 2021

National Science Teachers Association

Outstanding Science Books of the Year – 2021

Past Winners

New York Public Library 

Best Books for Kids 2021

New York Times

25 Best Children’s Books of the Year

Best Illustrated Books of the Year

Notable Social Studies Books for Young People

2020 List

2021 List not released yet in PDF format

Parents’ Choice Awards

Previous Winners

2021 list has not been released yet.

Publisher’s Weekly

Picture Books

Chapter Books

School Library Journal

Picture Books

Beginning Chapter Books – Gr. 1-3

Chapter Books – Gr. 3-5

2021-22 Bookmark Challenge Winners

Grade 5 : Claudia 5C, Mia K. 5C, Ayumu 5J, Toby 5J, Jiin 5R, Michika 5R, Paige 5R and Sayuki 5V

Grade 4: Ayu 4I, Mustafa & Jiho 4K, Connor 4M, Zella 4M and Sawa 4S

Grade 3: Sophia 3B, Emma 3Be, Audrey 3R, Coraline 3T, Cailey 3T and Linn 3T

Grade 2: Edda 2T, Tom 2T, Ethan T. 2Y, Kayra 2Y, Mirabelle 2Y and Rina 2Y

Grade 1: Ayana 1F, Calla 1F, Finn 1F, Nina 1H, Keina 1H, Sylvia 1H, Rei 1R and Keito 1S

KG Participants: Arisa, Emma and Sam

2021 BookMark Challenge

Be sure to:

Color in your bookmark using colored pencils or pen. Do not use crayons.

Outline your images using a black fine line marker or Sharpie.

Shade in your background using a colored pencil.

Don’t forget to write your name and class on the back of your bookmark before turning it in to Ms. Pretz or Mrs. Notter during library class or recess.

Welcome Back


Are we still practicing the 4W’s when we are in the library?
Yes, Yes and Yes!

Where do I go for library news and information?
Go to The Noisy Librarian Blog 

Where do I go to look up titles, check my account, and hold information?
Go to Destiny Discover and Sign in with Google. 

What do I need before checking out a book?
Helping Hand

How many students can safely browse for a book in an aisle?

What is the maximum number of books I may check out?

How many days until my books are overdue?
2 weeks

When can I check out books?
Library class
Recess ( Grades 1-2 beginning September 23rd and Grades 3-5 beginning September 9th)

How many students are allowed to sign in during recess times?
30 students 

Where do I return my library books?
Book Drop Box located outside of…the library, office, or second floor of the cafeteria building.
DO NOT put books in a Book Drop Box on library days. Bring your books with you for Mrs. Notter to check-in.

What is the maximum number of books I can put on hold?

When may I pick up books that I placed on hold?
After you receive a Google chat message from Ms. Pretz or Mrs. Notter, please come to the library to pick up your book.

Kidcast Recommendations

Podcasts to educate, encourage curiosity, build passion, and an added bonus…they are entertaining!


Today’s top stories and current events, all nonpartisan and age appropriate.

Wow in the World

Join hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a journey away from your screens, inside your brain, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation.

Story Seeds

On each episode, kids collaborate with famous authors to grow their story ideas


Tumble is a science podcast for kids, to be enjoyed by the entire family. We tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists!  Join Lindsay and Marshall as they ask questions, share mysteries, and share what science is all about.

The Past & the Curious

This amusing podcast features people telling interesting, little-known stories from history with an emphasis on fun and humor. 

But Why

But Why is a show led by you, kids! You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there.On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.Have a question?

Source: School Library Journal