This is a listing of all my 2021 reviews roughly grouped by type (fiction or non-fiction and picture or chapter book) and then alphabetically. Board books are listed separately. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a recommendation list, I review many books that I either do not like, or do not recommend to others. If you are looking to browse reviews by other characteristics, I have a more comprehensive listing of my commonly used tags broken down by category.
In 2021 I took a break from reviewing picture and board books. I also read (and thus reviewed) considerably less nonfiction than usual. During this year I focused primarily on reviews of diverse middle grade fantasy novels. I reviewed 41 works of fiction (nine of which had Dragon in the title) and only 4 nonfiction books.
Picture Book Fiction
In 2021 I did not review any picture books.
Chapter Book Fiction (41 books)
Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) by B. B. Alston.
Arcade and the Triple T Token (Coin Slot Chronicles #1) by Rashad Jennings, illustrated by Alan Brown.
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson.
Bluecrowne by Kate Milford, illustrated by Nicole Wong.
Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo.
Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac.
City of Islands by Kali Wallace.
Dragon Cauldron (Dragon Quartet #3) by Laurence Yep.
A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans (Dragon’s Guide #1) by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Mary Grandpre.
A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter (Dragon’s Guide #2) by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, illustrations by Mary Grandpre.
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep.
Dragon War (Dragon Quartet #4) by Laurence Yep.
The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.
Dragon Steel (Dragon Quartet #2) by Laurence Yep.
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.
Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon.
The Jumbie God’s Revenge (Jumbies #3) by Tracey Baptiste.
Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, translated by Emily Balistrieri, illustrated by Yuta Onoda.
Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng.
A Mixture of Mischief (Love Sugar Magic #3) by Anna Meriano.
On These Magic Shores by Yamille Saied Mendez.
One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson.
A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander, illustrated by Kelly Murphy.
The Rainbow People by Laurence Yep, illustrated by David Wiesner.
Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown, illustrated by Christine Almeda.
Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Paul Davey.
The School for Good and Evil (#1) by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.
The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan, illustrated by Ben Hibon.
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1) by Kwame Mbalia.
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin.
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.
The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, illustrated by Eko, translated by Lawrence Schimel.
Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Momotaro #1) by Margaret Dilloway, illustrated by Choong Yoon.
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford.
Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.
Picture Book Non-Fiction
During 2021 I did not review any picture books.
Chapter Book Non-Fiction (4 books)
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol.
Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself by Ylonda Gault Caviness.
The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka with Robin Gaby Fisher.
A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott.
Diverse Board Books can be found on their page.
At the end of the year I will add a list of the board books I reviewed in 2021.
In 2021 I did not review any board books.
Last updated March 20th, 2022 with Making Your Human Smarter.