It’s finally list season and I’m kicking things off with this list of 91 middle-grade books to read in 2021. But before we get started, I’d like to mention the obvious: this is not an exhaustive list. When I make these anticipated lists, I only include books that I am particularly interested in. Essentially, a wish list of sorts. As you may already know, I’m not a big fantasy reader, so I’ll leave the fantasy picks for other bloggers (whose lists I’m happy to link to in this post when they’re published). 2021 promises to be an exceptional year in kidlit publishing, although I am disappointed in the relatively small number of books featuring Black, Asian, and Latino protagonists.
As usual, I have organized the books by publication date, and yes, the list includes a whopping 91 books with dates ranging from January 5 to October 26.