1. The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Release Date: January, 2021
Age Range: 8-12 years

About: Bell, who’s spent all eleven years of his life on Mars, is curious about his planet and the secrets the adults in his life are keeping from him about it. When they all fall ill, it’s up to him and the other children to uncover the secrets and unite the planet once and for all.

2. Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq

Release Date: March 2021
Age Range: 4-8 years

About: An immigrant family goes on their first outdoor adventure through a camping trip in the Midwest.

3. What the Road Said by Cleo Wade

Release Date: March 23, 2021
Age Range: 6-10 years

About: “Bestselling poet and activist Cleo Wade’s What the Road Said features illustrations by Lucie de Moyencourt and encourages us to lead with kindness and curiosity, remembering that the most important thing we can do in life is to keep going” (Amazon).

4. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor– Kate Messner

Release Date: June 29, 2021
Age Range: 4-8 years

About: A children’s-friendly biography of one of the most crucial figures in the COVID-19 pandemic- Dr. Anthony Fauci. This biography draws from his own interviews and offers a timeline from childhood to where he is today.

5. The Bad Guys in Cut to the Chase by Aaron Blabey

Release Date: July 6, 2021
Age Range: 7-10 years

About: “They may look like Bad Guys, but these wannabe heroes are doing good deeds… whether you like it or not in this New York Times bestselling illustrated series” (Amazon).