ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Notable Children’s Books – January 2021 Discussion

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and digital media. These meetings are normally held at the ALA Midwinter meetings. This year, the 2021 Notable Children’s Books Committee will hold open meetings on January 13th, 14th, and 15th beginning at 12pm Central. Register for these meetings here. YOU are welcome to observe!

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Here are the titles which will be discussed:

FICTION (14)

Becoming Muhammad Ali. By James Patterson & Kwame Alexander. Illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. JIMMY Patterson Books, $16.99 (9780316498166). October 5, 2020. 

Brother’s Keeper. By Julie Lee. Holiday House, $17.99 (9780823444946). July 21, 2020. 

Dress Coded. By Carrie Firestone. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books, $17.99 (9781984816436). July 7, 2020.

Elatsoe. By Darcie Little Badger. Illus. by Rovina Cai. Levine Querido, $18.99 (9781646140053). August 25, 2020. 

Fighting Words. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Dial Books, $17.99 (9781984815682). August 11, 2020. 

Ikenga. By Nnedi Okorafor. Viking Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780593113523). August 18, 2020. 

Letters from Cuba. By Ruth Behar. Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99 (9780525516477). August 25, 2020. 

The Magic Fish. By Trung Le Nguyen. Illus. by Trung Le Nguyen. Random House Graphic, $23.99 (9780593125298) October 13, 2020. 

Superman Smashes the Klan. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Gurihiru. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781779504210). May 12, 2020. 

This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II. By Andrew Fukuda. Tor Teen, $17.99 (9781250192387). January 7, 2020. 

Three Keys: A Front Desk Novel. By Kelly Yang. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9781338591385). September 15, 2020. 

Twins: A Graphic Novel. By Varian Johnson. Illus. by Shannon Wright. Graphix, $12.99 (9781338236132). October 6, 2020. 

What Stars are Made of. By Sarah Allen. FSG Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780374313197). March 31, 2020. 

When Life Gives You Mangos. By Kereen Getten. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780593173978). October 20, 2020. 

 NON-FICTION (3)

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball. By Jen Bryant. Illus. by Frank Morrison. Abrams Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (9781419741081). October 6, 2020. 

Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals. By Katy S. Duffield. Illus. By Mike Orodán. Beach Lane Books, $18.99 (9781534465794). October 13, 2020. 

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built. By Angela Burke Kunkel. Illus. by Paola Escobar. Schwartz & Wade Books, $17.99 (9781984892638). September 8, 2020.

PICTURE BOOK (13)

All Because You Matter. By Tami Charles. Illus. by Bryan Collier. Orchard Books, $17.99 (9781338574852). October 6, 2020. 

Danbi Leads the School Parade. By Anna Kim. Illus. by Anna Kim. Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780451478894). July 7, 2020. 

I Talk Like a River. By Jordan Scott. Illus. by Sydney Smith. Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823445592). September 1, 2020. 

Julián at the Wedding. By Jessica Love. Illus. by Jessica Love. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536212389). October 6, 2020. 

Khalil & Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures. By Tricia Springstubb. Illus. by Elaheh Taherian. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9781536203066). May 26, 2020. 

The Most Beautiful Thing. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illus. by Khoa Le. Carolrhoda Books, $17.99 (9781541561915). October 6, 2020. 

Papa Brings Me the World. By Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Illus. by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Holt Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (9781250159250). May 5, 2020. 

A Polar Bear in the Snow. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Shawn Harris. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536203967). October 13, 2020. 

Prairie Days. By Patricia MacLachlan. Illus. By Micha Archer. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99 (9781442441910). May 26, 2020. 

Salma the Syrian Chef. By Danny Ramadan. Illus. by Anna Bron. Annick Press, $21.95 (9781773213750). March 2020. 

Southwest Sunrise. By Nikki Grimes. Illus. by Wendell Minor. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $18.99 (9781547600823). May 5, 2020. 

Sugar in Milk. By Thrity Umrigar. Illus. by Khoa Le. Running Press Kids, $17.99 (9780762495191). October 6, 2020. 

A Way with Wild Things. By Larissa Theule. Illus. by Sara Palacios. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $17.99 (9781681190396). March 3, 2020. 

POETRY (2)

Land of the Cranes. By Aida Salazar. Illus. by Quang & Lien. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9781338343809). September 15, 2020. 

With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero. By Margarita Engle. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9781534424937). February 18, 2020. 


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 in 2020. Register to observe the January Notable Children’s Books meetings here,

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