Best of 2021: Kids Books

Created on December 7, 2021, 3:35 pm

Last Updated December 7, 2021, 3:35 pm

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2021, a librarian-curated selection of kids books, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers!
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Amari volume 1
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I have always loved oldies music and wibbly wobbly timey wimey time travel, and this is the perfect mashup. The art is glorious and colorful and adds so much depth to the wonderful characters and story. --Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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It's incredibly rare to find an authentic story about an autistic character that doesn't get stuck in the one narrow view of autism that many books, movies and TV shows perpetuate. Addy and her sister are both autistic, in ways that are both similar and different. This is a stellar read for autistic and allistic people alike. --Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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Beautiful story and illustrations about the one and only, Nina Simone. --Megha, Children's Services Library Assistant
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There are all sorts of ghosts in the world, and I loved seeing Ophie learn to navigate a house and world full of them. A handful of chapters are from the perspective of objects like trains, buildings and the neighborhood itself, which adds a level of fun and mystery to the whole thing. --Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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A heartfelt, true story about loving animals and conservation! --Megha, Children's Services Library Assistant
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This is a delightful adventure for kids who love camp--or love to hate it. There are a lot of spooks and scares and supernatural beings everywhere! Bonus points for a deaf protagonist who won't put up with an annoying head of camp who thinks shouting at her will help her understand him. --Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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