CADL Staff’s Best Books of 2021

We asked the expert staff at Capital Area District Libraries to weigh in on their favorite books published in 2021. The titles that rose to the top represent a wide-ranging selection of engaging reads for all ages and interests. Many are available in both print and digital formats.

Click on the cover to find the title in our collection! For more great resources and suggestions on what to read, watch or listen to next check this out.

Adult Titles

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Tin Camp Road: A Novel by Ellen Airgood

Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream by Richard Antoine White

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo

Young Adult Titles

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Life I'm In by Sharon G. Flake

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

A Shot at Normal by Marisa Reichardt

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

You Have a Match by Emma Lord

Children's Titles

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham (Ages 3–6)

I Really Really Need to Pee by Karl Newson (Ages 3–7)

The Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Ages 4–8)

Watercress by Andrea Wang (Ages 4–8)

Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz (Ages 4–8)

Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin (Ages 5–8)

Girl Haven by Lilah Sturges (Age 10 & up)

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac (Ages 8–12)

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford (Ages 8–12)

Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia (Ages 9–12)