Kelsy's Top 12 of 2021

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The Capybaras Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771647823
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Published: Greystone Kids - April 13th, 2021

The Capybaras is such a delightful and fun book to read aloud and share with others. The chickens are NOT happy when the capybaras show up, but a close call brings them together. A gentle reminder for readers young, and old, that sometimes folks have to leave their homes to find a safer place to call home.


The Littlest Yak Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632826
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2021

Gertie is concerned - she’s the smallest yak of the bunch, and yaks do big strong things. What’s a tiny yak to do!? Pick up a copy of this endearing story of the littlest yak who discovers her bigness when disaster strikes the herd, and Gertie is perfectly suited to save the day!


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Lobstah Gahden: Speak Out Against Pollution with a Wicked Awesome Boston Accent! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728232461
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - April 6th, 2021

This book is delightful and I 100% shamelessly laughed out loud at "HOLY WHALE POOP" - this book about a couple of rival lobstahs teaming up to fight ocean pollution is spot on New England!


Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-YUM Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316500425
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Move over, Elephant and Piggie - Waffles and Pancake is a purr-fect book for newly independent readers! Fun and educational early graphic novel series starter.


Tag Team (World of ¡Vamos!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358380399
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Published: Versify - May 4th, 2021

This early reader is perfect for young folks who speak Spanish and are learning English and vice versa! El Toro and friends are wrestlers by night, but by day El Toro and friends must figure out how to work together to clean the place up! Colorful, funny, and bilingual, this book is sure to be a fantastic addition to any young reader’s bookshelf.  


Garlic and the Vampire Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

I love this book so much it makes my heart burst! Garlic is a little nervous about the vampire who supposedly lives in the woods next to her vegetable patch, and when mean ol’ Celery volunteers Garlic to investigate, Garlic finds herself needing to find her inner confidence! 


Kaleidoscope Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

Selznick enchants and inspires young readers yet again in this new story about love, loss, grief, and friendship. Imagine if a story were a kaleidoscope - an image that keeps shifting with every small turn, the same shapes and pieces and themes reform into something new and beautiful. 


Both Can Be True Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063053892
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 8th, 2021

In this heartfelt middle-grade debut about friendship and not being afraid to be yourself, readers meet Ash and Daniel - a couple of kids who come together to save a dog, and along the way, find out who they really are, and how they want the world to know them. 


The Keeper of Night Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335405661
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 12th, 2021

The Keeper of Night is dark and delicious - dripping with vivid descriptions of Yokai and Shinigami that completely immerses the reader in the world of Japanese mythology. Ren wants nothing more than to belong - and because her mother was a Shinigami, the British Reapers will never fully accept her. Action-packed and light on the romance, this book will keep readers up at night as they race to the end to find out if Ren will succeed in her quest!


The Passing Playbook Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815408
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Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021

This book is so delightful and had me smiling the whole time - THIS is the trans boy joy we all need to read and have in our lives.


Me (Moth) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

Incredible - poetic - jaw-dropping - it's hard to find the words to describe how amazing this book is. Two lost souls finding each other, finding themselves, and a heart-stopping ending you will never see coming. Just read this book.


The Sea Is Salt and So Am I Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250619242
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 8th, 2021

Literary YA lovers will find their next favorite read with The Sea is Salt and So Am I. Hartt has woven an incredible and delicate coming-of-age story of friendship, love, and what it's like to live with depression. Harlow, Ellis, and Tommy are so real, and it's clear that Hartt poured her soul into these characters and this story full of secrets kept, living with mental illness, and the tides of friendship. Fans of The Last True Poets of the Sea will love this book!