Flyleaf's Favorite Picture Books 2021

Room for Everyone Cover Image
By Naaz Khan, Mercè López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534431393
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - November 9th, 2021

Truly stunning illustrations are on display as a crowded daladala makes its way to the Zanzibar shore. Is there room for more? Yes! --Elese

Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

Jason Chin's illustrations combine with Andrea Wang's spare yet evocative language to create picture book magic. An impromptu roadside stop in an Ohio farm town to forage for watercress leads a young girl to greater understanding of her family's past and how it informs the present. Truly special. --Elese

Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion Cover Image
By Stephen W. Martin, Dan Tavis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534441453
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 2nd, 2021

Fluffy McWhiskers creates mayhem wherever she goes. Literally, her cuteness can’t be withstood. (Resulting in some, well, unfortunate explosions.) So what’s a dangerously adorable cat to do? Hightail it to a deserted island where no can find her. .... Or can they? The perfect balance of humor and absurdity. And keep your eye out for a pretty-darn-cute jogging platypus, too. --Elese

Kafka and the Doll Cover Image
By Larissa Theule, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593116326
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Based on a true story, this book will melt your heart! Kafka meets a girl who lost her doll and proceeds to tell her that the doll is simply traveling. For three weeks, Kafka writes letters to the girl from her doll. Absolutely precious with a heartwrenching ending. --Jennie

Vampenguin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534466982
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

A day at the zoo for the Dracula family provides the perfect cover for Junior to engage in a penguin switcheroo. Hilarious and adorable, with illustrations that tell as much of the story as the words themselves. --Elese

Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Milo is an avid people-watcher, and his observations propel and inspire his artwork. As he rides the subway with his sister, Milo guesses at the lives of everyone around him and scribbles down illustrations to match. When one of his subjects reveals a life quite different from Milo's assumption, he challenges himself to broaden his expectations of the world around him. A lyrical, moving story. -- Talia

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau Cover Image
By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593112656
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Published: Dial Books - February 9th, 2021

An amusing tale of an artist whose paintings come to life, Agee doesn't disappoint with his new picture book. With witty jokes and a surprise ending, this is a fun read-aloud for both kids and adults. --Jennie

Everybody in the Red Brick Building Cover Image
By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062865762
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021

Oge Mora's illustrations shine in this delightful bedtime story and ode to living close to one's neighbors. Everybody in the red brick building is awoken by one sound after another until a different set of sounds gently soothe everyone back to sleep. --Elese

The Rock from the Sky Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536215625
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

My new favorite picture book! A darkly hilarious story with wonderful illustrations that will have readers old and young laughing all night long. --Zach

Soul Food Sunday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419747717
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 16th, 2021

An absolutely joyful book celebrating food & family traditions. You're guaranteed to end this story with a happy heart & a hungry belly. -Elese

Negative Cat Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257193
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 31st, 2021

I positively love Negative Cat!!! Through Max the cat and the delightfully persistent narrator, Sophie Blackall gives us subtle lessons about patience, acceptance, the power of introverts, and the rewards of reading. But most of all she illustrates the special joy of having a feline friend. --Tony

The Octopus Escapes Cover Image
By Maile Meloy, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984812698
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

A beautiful and moving story for budding environmentalists, octopus is captured by a diver and taken to an aquarium. Unfortunately, he quickly tires of captive life and decides to make a daring escape. Felicita Sala's adorable illustrations only add to this poignant book. --Jennie