The best debut children's books of 2021

The Books I Picked & Why

Rat Fair

By Leah Rose Kessler, Cleonique Hilsaca

Rat Fair

Why this book?

This almost wordless picture book has some of my favorite artwork. The illustrations of the cute rats make me smile just thinking about them. This book forces you to look at every page and use your imagination to create your own story. What would a rat fair look like? Kids will love flipping through the pages to follow the rat's journey.


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Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

By Rochelle Melander, Melina Ontiveros

Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

Why this book?

This book will not only teach you history about different people from diverse backgrounds, it will give you tips on how to write so that you can start changing the world with your own words. This book is a great bedtime book so that your children can learn about some of history's great writers.


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Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet

By Katie Munday Williams, Tania Rex

Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet

Why this book?

This book, that has an amazing feeling cover, tells an important part of not only American history, but more importantly, women's history. This story is beautifully illustrated using a great color pallet. Follow along on Anne’s journey to the new world and how she changed that world forever!


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My Sister, Daisy

By Adria Karlsson, Linus Curci

My Sister, Daisy

Why this book?

This is a wonderful story of two siblings. A story of accepting people for who they are. Everyone can learn from Daisy’s older brother, who after thinking he had a little brother, continues to love his younger sibling once he finds out that his sibling is in fact, his little sister. Questions are asked and questions are answered as these siblings navigate Daisy’s transition.


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Brave in the Water

By Stephanie Wildman, Jenni Feidler-Aguilar

Brave in the Water

Why this book?

This book has one of my favorite covers which only accentuates the story of Diante overcoming his fears of swimming. With the help of his wise grandmother, Diante learns breathing techniques to help settle his mind in order to put his face in the water and learn to swim.


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