Lists and Suggestions for Kids

List: Grades 4-6 Honorable Mentions for Best Books 2021

Mbalia, Kwame

From seventeen acclaimed Black male and nonbinary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, co...

Bruchac, Joseph

Malian was visiting her grandparents on the reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Now she...

Ewing, Eve L.

A forgotten homemade robot comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a frie...

Faruqi, Reem

Young Nurah reluctantly moves with her family from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, b...

Freeman, Megan

Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-v...

Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Told from separate viewpoints, as evil forces from the parallel world invade their home, the Greyst...

Libenson, Terri

"A story about being your truest self--and trusting your truest friends. Cliques. Crushes. Com...

Mbalia, Kwame

Enduring an isolated existence in hardscrabble Addis Prime, a star underground augmented reality ga...

Mejia, Tehlor

Months after confronting the legendary La Llorona, Paola starts dreaming again, this time about fan...

Merchant, Tamzin

When Cordelia Hatmaker's beloved father fails to return from a sea voyage, she is determined n...

Savage, Melissa

"While in a haunted Colorado hotel for her father's ghost-hunting television series, Karm...

Schmidt, Gary

With insight and a light touch, best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning author Gary D. Schmidt tells tw...

Shen, E.L.

Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen dreams of being a figure skating champion, but a remarkably talented ne...

Youngblood, Leslie C.

When eleven-year-old Georgie and her sister Peaches relocate to Bogalusa, Louisiana, with their mot...

Devenny, Jenny

"Race Cars is a children's book about white privilege created to help facilitate tough co...

Lloyd, Megan

Hoping to adopt a pet to find a sense of belonging in her busy family, Maggie is disappointed to di...

Pamment, Jason

"Grand adventure stories often begin where you least expect, Iris knows this because she'...

Weir, Ivy

"Mary Lennox is a loner living in Silicon Valley. With her parents always working, video game ...

Brown, Don

"A Shot in the Arm!, book 3 in the Big Ideas that Changed the World series, is the history of ...