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Notable Children’s Books – November Discussion

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Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. You can register to observe the Notable Children’s Books discussions to be held in November here. (These discussions will be in addition to the meetings traditionally held at the Midwinter meetings; those dates and times will be announced soon.)

The 2021 Notable Children’s Books Committee will hold open meetings on November 18th, 19th, and 20th beginning at 12pm Central and YOU are welcome to observe! Here are the titles which will be discussed:


Black Brother, Black Brother. By Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780316493802). 

Dragon Hoops. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, $24.99 (9781626720794). 

King and the Dragonflies. By Kacen Callender. Scholastic, Inc., $17.99 (9781338129335). 

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It. By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by David Pinkney. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780316536776). 

Maya and the Rising Dark. By Rena Barron. HMH Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9781328635181). 

Once Upon an Eid. Edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed. Illus. by Sara Alfageeh. Amulet Books, $17.99 (9781419740831). 

The Only Black Girls in Town. By Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780316456388). 

Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us. By Lauren Castillo. Illus. by Lauren Castillo. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9781524766719). 

Pine Island Home. By Polly Horvath. Margaret Ferguson Books, $16.99 (9780823447855). 

Prairie Lotus. By Linda Sue Park. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99 (9780358360148). 

Raybearer. By Jordan Ifueko. Amulet Books, $18.99 (9781419739828). 

Santiago’s Road Home. By Alexandra Diaz. Paula Wiseman Books, $17.99 (9781534446236). 

Seven Clues to Home. By Gae Polisner and Nora Raleigh Baskin. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780593119617). 

When You Trap a Tiger. By Tae Keller. Random House Children’s Books, $16.99 (9781524715700). 

A Wish in the Dark. By Christina Soontornvat. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9781536204940).


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. By Robin Ha. Illus. by Robin Ha. Balzar + Bray, $22.99 (9780062685100). 

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. By Suzanne Slade. Illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Abrams Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9781419734113). 

The Fabled Life of Aesop. By Ian Lendler. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328585523). 

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann. Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823442850). 

If You Take Away the Otter. By Susannah Buhrman-Deever. Illus. by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763689346). 

Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of. By Natalie Labarre. Illus. Natalie Labarre. Nosy Crow, $19.99 (9781536212198). 

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. By Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Illus. by Oge Mora. Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9781524768287). 

Packs: Strength in Numbers. By Hannah Salyer. Illus. by Hannah Salyer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9781328577887). 

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint Michigan Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation. By Candy J. Cooper and Marc Aronson. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547602322). 

Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By Doreen Rappaport. Illus. by Eric Valasquez. Disney Press, $18.99 (9781484747179). 

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (9780316453691). 

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, and Truth. Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Crown Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780593121610). 

A Voice Named Aretha. By Katheryn Russell-Brown. Illus. by Laura Freeman. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $17.99 (9781681198507).

Your Place in the Universe. By Jason Chin. Illus. by Jason Chin. Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823446230). 


The Camping Trip. By Jennifer K. Mann. Illus. by Jennifer K. Mann. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9781536207361). 

Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family. By Nelly Buchet. Illus. by Andrea Zuill. Schwartz & Wade Books, $17.99 (9781984848994). 

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away. By Meg Medina. Illus. by Sonia Sánchez. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9781536207040). 

Home Base: A Mother-Daughter Story. By Nikki Tate. Illus. by Katie Kath. Holiday House, $18.99 (9780823436637). 

I Am Every Good Thing. By Derrick Barnes. Illus. by Gordon C. James. Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99 (9780525518778). 

Lift. By Minh Le. Illus. by Dan Santat. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9781368036924). 

Nana Akua Goes to School. By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by April Harrison. Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780525581130). 

Ohana Means Family. By Ilima Loomis. Illus. by Kenard Pak. Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823443260). 

One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey. By Henry Cole. Illus. by Henry Cole. Scholastic, Inc., $18.99 (9781338359978). April 7, 2020. 

Outside In. By Deborah Underwood. Illus. by Cindy Derby. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9781328866820). 

Overground Railroad. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House, $18.99 (9780823438730). 

Swashby and the Sea. By Beth Ferry. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9780544707375). 

We are Water Protectors. By Carole Lindstrom. Illus. by Michaela Goade. Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (9781250203557).

Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness. By Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow. Illus. by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9780763697471). 


Before the Ever After. By Jacqueline Woodson. Nancy Paulson Books, $17.99 (9780399545436). 

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Michele Wood. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9780763691561). 

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration. By Samara Cole Doyon. Illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Tilbury House Publishers, $16.95 (9780884487975).

Sada Mozer, chair of the Notable Children’s Books committee, invites you to stop by to learn more about critical evaluation of children’s books and to listen to discussions about some of the best children’s books published this year. Register now to observe the November Notable Children’s Books meetings here.

(The complete list of titles discussed at the committee’s 2020 Summer Meetings can be found here. )

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