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January 1, 2022

Announcing my 2021 Sonderbooks Stand-outs!

These are personal favorites -- books that made me happy. I hope they'll make you happy, too!

You can find out about my 2021 Reading Year on my blog.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

    by Carole Boston Weatherford
    illustrated by Floyd Cooper

    by Marissa Moss
    illustrated by April Chu

    by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
    illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

    compiled by Warren Binford for Project Amplify

    by Colleen Paeff
    illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

    by Katie Coppens

    by Laurie Wallmark
    art by Brooke Smart

    by Lori Alexander
    illustrated by Allan Drummond

    by Emma Bland Smith
    illustrated by Alison Jay

    by Megan Reid
    illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel

The Jane Austen Society
    by Natalie Jenner
    read by Richard Armitage

    by V. E. Schwab
    narrated by Julia Whelan

    by Naomi Novik

    by Anthony Doerr

    by T. J. Klune
    read by Daniel Henning

    by Helene Wecker

    by Kathleen A. Flynn
    performed by Saskia Maarleveld

    by Laurie Frankel
    read by Gabra Zackman

    by Jo Baker
    read by Emma Fielding

    by Naomi Novik

    by Soniah Kamal

    by Juliet Marillier

    by R. J. Palacio
    read by Ian M. Hawkins

    by Gary D. Schmidt

    by Laura Amy Schlitz
    with illustrations by Julia Iredale

    by Betsy Bird
    illustrations by David Small

    by Lisa Fipps

    by Sara Pennypacker

    by Kate DiCamillo

    by Christopher Swiedler

    by Meg Medina

Firekeeper's Daughter
    by Angeline Boulley
    read by Isabella Star LaBlanc

    by Tess Sharpe
    read by the author

    by Holly Black
    illustrated by Rovina Cai

    by Daniel Nayeri

    by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

    by Kristin Cashore

    by Soman Chainani
    illustrated by Julia Iredale

    by Garth Nix

    by Andrea Wang
    pictures by Jason Chin

    by Susan Kusel
    illustrated by Sean Rubin

    by Rajani LaRocca
    illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan

    by Peter Brown

    by Brenda Maier
    pictures by Sonia Sánchez

    by Tom Gauld

    by Christina Soontornvat
    art by Christine Davenier

    by Matt de la Peña
    pictures by Christian Robinson

    by Natasha Yim
    illustrated by Violet Kim

    by Ana Crespo
    illustrated by Giovana Medeiros