The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2021

By Kaitlyn Spotts | December 3 2021 | GeneralEnglish Language ArtsBooks in SpanishGraphic Novels

The New York Public Library has announced their Best Books of 2021. This is their annual recommendations for kids, teens, and adults, all curated by expert librarians. The titles that made the lists encompass fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, kids’ books in Spanish, and much more. All of these books are available in the Library’s catalog.

We’ve pulled a selection from their lists of Penguin Random House titles for the classroom below. Happy Reading!


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Chlorine Sky
"An absolute masterpiece." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet XFrom the first ever poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center comes a bold coming-of-age story told in verse about a young woman who loses a best friend, but finds herself in the process. The joys of basketball, the tumult of high school, and the bonds of family are lyrically woven together in this must-read novel.
$17.99 US
Jan 12, 2021
192 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers

Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults)
17 First-Person Stories for Today
Disabled young people will be proud to see themselves reflected in this hopeful, compelling, and insightful essay collection, adapted for young adults from the critically acclaimed adult book Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, which "sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences." --Chicago Tribune, "Best books published in summer 2020" (Vintage/Knopf Doubleday edition).
$17.99 US
Oct 26, 2021
160 Pages
Delacorte Press

Nubia: Real One
Can you be a hero...if society doesn't see you as a person?
$16.99 US
Feb 23, 2021
208 Pages
DC Comics

Let's Talk About It
The Teen's Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human (A Graphic Novel)
Is what I'm feeling normal? Is what my body is doing normal? Am I normal? How do I know what are the right choices to make? How do I know how to behave? How do I fix it when I make a mistake? Let's talk about it.
$23.99 US
Mar 09, 2021
240 Pages
Random House Graphic

Project Hail Mary
A Novel
A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
$28.99 US
May 04, 2021
496 Pages
Ballantine Books

A novel
Revelator is the dark, gripping tale of a 1930’s family in the remote hills of the Smoky Mountains, their secret religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their mysterious god.
$27.00 US
Aug 31, 2021
352 Pages