Here we are on the fourteenth day of January, 2022. In my city, the sun is trying to shine through a haze as the temperature dips to eight degrees with a wind chill of minus six. Our local school district has closed its doors today due to the rising number of positive COVID cases in the past two weeks. It is hoped this pause will still that rise and allow time to disinfect the buildings. Beyond our boundaries, the scales in world and national politics remain in a delicate balance.
Feeling grateful and seated in the comfort of my home, sweet Mulan curled up next to me with her head resting on my leg, one constant remains. Not only does this constant remain, but it grows ever stronger. The written and pictorial stories presented to readers by the work of dedicated authors and illustrators offer readers hope through the supplied rhythmic language, breathtaking images, laughter, heartbreak, healing, and a reminder of striving to be our best selves. Each title either reinforces what we know to be true or offers a new idea for us to consider.
This is the second set of fourteen fiction picture books from 2021 not previously discussed, but simply too good to not honor.
My choice of One Little Word is assigned to each title. Links to the author's, illustrator's, and publisher's websites (or social media accounts) are shown. Other pertinent resources are provided. The books are displayed in order of release date.
Happy reading to everyone!