SLJ Book Reviews Editors’ Favorite 2021 Best Books Covers

SLJ reviews editors share the 2021 Best Books covers that most left an imprint on our eyes (and hearts).

We can’t believe 2021 is almost behind us! As we look forward to 2022, the SLJ reviews editors have compiled a series of “favorites” roundups.

Here, we share the 2021 Best Books covers that most left an imprint on our eyes (and hearts). A picture is worth a thousand words, after all.

Mahnaz Dar, Senior Editor, Reference/Professional Reading:
Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn. Designed by Patrick Crotty.


Shelley Diaz, Reviews Editor:
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon. Designed by Matt Roeser.
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd. illus. by Christian Robinson. Designed by Eileen Savage.


Kimberly Olson Fakih, Senior Editor, Picture Books:
Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. Designed by Andrea Miller.


Amanda Mastrull, Editor, YA:
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Designed by Anna Booth.


Florence Simmons, Associate Editor:
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson, illus. by Nikkolas Smith. Designed by Jamin Rubero.


Ashleigh Williams, Associate Editor, Chapter Books & Middle Grade:
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. Designed by Raxenne Maniquiz.

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