5 Best New Children’s Books in 2021

Is there anything better than curling up with a kid in your lap and a book in your hands? (We think not.) Reading is a joy made even better by the presence of an eager, excited and snuggly little love bug. Whether you are looking for a fun read-aloud book to share with your child’s class or you want to admire some sweet illustrations together in bed, we’ve rounded up five of the best new children’s books to check out together.

G My Name Is Girl by Dawn Masi

This book takes children through the alphabet and celebrates girlhood through 26 countries—from Argentina to Zambia. Although your little reader will identify many differences between each child, they’ll also see the more important things that make them alike and unify us all.

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain

This sweet picture book is about a young boy with lots of nerves. He doesn’t know how to rid himself of his “worry monster” no matter what simple task or activity he’s doing during the day. Although cute and sometimes silly, this book has an important message for kids: Anxiety is not something you have to hide. Mental health begins with conversation and openness.

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

This book encourages kids to love each other and take care of the Earth. Inspired by author Sophie Blackall’s travels around the globe, it is written with emotional, poetic prose.


The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes

Whether your child embraces independent reading or you want to read chapter books together, this new release should be added to your list. Chock-full of whimsy and charm, it is about an orphan who steals a tiny toy house. When the house transforms into a wacky and wild real-life home, she is introduced to a host of quirky characters and a whole world of magic.

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee

With imagination and creativity, this book shows how caregivers can help turn the ordinary into the extraordinary for their clever kiddos. When young Daniel has to go with his parents to work at night, they manage to make the experience absolutely magical. An otherwise boring office is transformed into a fantastical kingdom where he can one day become king.

Reading together is a gift, and finding that one perfect book you and your child want to return to time and time again can fill you both with boundless joy. Milk this moment, and don’t forget to shop for all your beloved books with Rakuten to earn Cash Back.

Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.

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