Top Picture Books in 2021

(of those published in 2020-2021, to give authors other than Mo Willems a chance!)

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Attack of the underwear dragon

Attack of the underwear dragon

Rothman, Scott, author
2020

When a dragon wearing very large underwear threatens the kingdom the Knights of the Round Table run away, leaving Sir Percival's young assistant, Cole, to face the beast.

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The Barnabus project

The Barnabus project

Fan, Terry, author, illustrator
2020

In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan.

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Lights on Wonder Rock

Lights on Wonder Rock

Litchfield, David, author, illustrator
2020

Heather wants more than anything to go to outer space, where the stars sparkle with magic and wonder. When a UFO lands behind her house and she meets a friendly alien, it seems that all of her dreams have come true. But soon her new friend has to return home. Will the spaceship ever come back for her? And if it does, is Heather ready to leave everything on Earth behind? In this tale about dreaming big while appreciating what you have, best-selling picture book creator David Litchfield's innovative visual storytelling uses wordless, light-filled spreads and graphic novel style layouts to transport readers through space and time and celebrate the power of family and human connection.

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My pencil and me

My pencil and me

Varon, Sara, author, illustrator
2020

Sara struggles with creative block, but gets help from an unexpected source.

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On account of the gum

On account of the gum

Rex, Adam, author, illustrator
2020

Improbable, ridiculous remedies accumulate when there is gum stuck in your hair.

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A pizza with everything on it

A pizza with everything on it

Scheele, Kyle, author
2021

When pizzeria owner's son requests a pizza with everything, his father helps him add sauce, a house, penguins, and more, until they accidentally create a pizza black hole.

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Raven, rabbit, deer

Raven, rabbit, deer

Holler, Sue Farrell, 1962- author
2020

"A little boy spends the day with his grandfather, endearingly imagining himself to be the caregiver. On a walk through the forest, the grandfather teaches him to identify a number of animals and their tracks: raven, rabbit, deer, sparrow. Back at the house, their special time ends with milk, cookies, and story time that turns into a nap. Ojibwe translations of the animal names are found on the endpapers."-- Provided by publisher.

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School rules!

School rules!

Munsch, Robert N., 1945- author
2020

Cassandra does not want to go home from school. She stays after the nice teacher leaves. She stays while the janitor with a tattoo mops the floors. She stays after the slightly scary principal turns off all the lights and goes home. She plays with the clay and reads until after dark, when her mom and dad realize she is missing and come in a panic to take her home.

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Munsch, Robert N., 1945- author
2020

Matthew's parents think he should play on a sports team. How will he ever learn about teamwork if all he does is draw pictures all day? His mom signs him up for baseball. But out on the field, Matthew is too busy looking at stuff to catch the ball. When a ball falls directly into his glove, he draws a picture on it, and throws it back. The players toss him another, and another, and another, and he draws on those too.

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What about worms!?

What about worms!?

Willems, Mo, author, illustrator
2020

Tiger unwittingly helps some worms overcome their fear of tigers with a well-placed, informative book, but will a wormy hug aid a fearful Tiger?

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