Books & Beyond

Modern Classics

By Isaac F.
April 19, 2021

“What happens when the books from our youth contain language, stereotypes, and situations that are problematic?” asks Anna in her blog post, “What About the Classics?” It’s a great 5 minute read that will really get you thinking about the books you remember loving as a child. Maybe it will also get you thinking about recent titles that have that classic feel, but that include a broader diversity of representation and awareness. I know it inspired me to put together this list to share. Maybe one of them will become a new classic in your home! And if you’d like some more ideas, you should definitely click on our blog’s “Books & Beyond” link, where you’ll find booklists on everything from Latinx Picture BooksGreat Graphic NovelsMindfulnessPolitics, and so much more.

Picture Books

Dreamers / written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

Last Stop on Market Street / written by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Drawn Together / written by Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat.

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors / written by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Adam Rex.

All the World / written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee.

Fry Bread / written by Kevin Noble Maillard ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Just Ask!: Be different, be brave, be you / written by Sonia Sotomayor; illustrated by Rafael López.

Three Bears in a Boat / written and illustrated by David Soman.

Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon / written and illustrated by Grace Lin.

The Wild Robot / written and illustrated by Peter Brown.

New Kid / written and illustrated by Jerry Craft.

Max & the Midknights / written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel / written by Rey Terciero ; illustrated by Bre Indigo.

Pie in the Sky / written and illustrated by Remy Lai.

Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths / written and illustrated by Graham Annable.

Prairie Lotus / written by Linda Sue Park.

Roll With It / written by Jamie Sumner.

When Stars are Scattered / written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson with Omar Mohamed.

Ways to Grow Love / written by Renée Watson.

Bea Garcia: The Tree and Me / written and illustrated by Deborah Zemke.

What books would go on your modern classics list? Let us know!