Friday, January 1, 2021

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2021

For the past few years, I have joined a community of bloggers to make a must-read list for the year ahead. The community originated with Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That and this year the torch has been passed to Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life. This year, I have made a list of books, publishing in the first few months of 2021, that I am looking forward to reading. Narrowing down this list was not easy since there are many, many books I would love to read (if only there were more hours in the day!). In addition to the children's literature, picture books and middle grade novels, that I intend to read, I also added some adult novels that are on my radar. For a list of favorite book picks from those I read in 2020, you can check out my list of middle grade books and picture books (as a supporter of local bookstores, I have curated my lists on and receive a commission on any books purchased through these links). To find out what others will be reading in the year ahead, follow #MustReadin2021 on Twitter.

Picture Books

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho
Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham
I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne and illustrated by Julia Kuo
Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon
Moose, Goose, and Mouse by Mordicai Gerstein and illustrated by Jeff Mack
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Daisy by Jessixa Bagley
The Snail with the Right Heart: A True Story by Maria Popova and illustrated by Ping Zhu
Something's Wrong by Jory John and illustrated by Erin Kraan
No Buddy Like a Book by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Brianne Farley

Middle Grade

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Raúf
The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel by E. L. Shen
The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold
The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly and illustrated by Douglas Holgate
One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard and illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts
Definitely Dominguita by Terry Catasús Jennings and illustrated by Fatima Anaya
The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell
The House that Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

Adult Novels

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson
Shiver by Allie Reynolds
Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why it Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross
The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah 
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia


  1. I've read Outside Inside and it is wonderful, Lisa. And I just read Maria Popova's post about her new book, The Snail With The Right Heart, which sounds lovely. I've noted a bunch of these, so thanks for them, too! Happy New Year Reading!

  2. I also have Outside Inside on my list. Many of these titles are new to me so I will be interested to find out more as you read them. Thanks.

  3. I have Four Winds on my list too! I'm excited about it! I just read a post by Jillian Heise today about Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. It looks wonderful!

    1. Sorry it didn't record my name!

  4. Outside, Inside is now on my list. Almost all of these are completely new to me so I will be looking forward to reading more about them throughout the year.

  5. I just added The Star Outside My Window to my list. That was a new title for me, thanks! I like that you put picture books on your list. I always figure those I will read so I never worry about them, lol! Happy 2021 reading!

  6. I am just getting around to all of the posts! I am unfamiliar with many of the MG books on your lists - that's what makes these list so fun! I love Jennifer Holm;s books, so I will be on the lookout for that one. Thank you for joining us and sharing books. Happy Reading in 2021!