Download a PDF of SLJ’s 2021 Best Books

Download the full list of SLJ’s 2021 Best Books as a nifty PDF that you can share with patrons, educators, and other readers.


After months of deliberation, the editors and our insightful reviewer committee members have selected 139 titles addressing topics—such as climate change, racism, and history—that are more relevant than ever. They also include a balance of fantasy, historical and realistic fiction, and, for the first time in years, a breakout list of poetry. See our landing page for access to all the titles and annotations, organized by categories.

The full list is available for download as a nifty PDF that you can share with patrons, educators, and other readers.

Also, check out our Top 10 Audiobooks and Top 10 Manga lists, and read our interview with Best Books cover artist Duncan Tonatiuh.

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