Notable 2021 Children’s Book Follow-Ups, Sequels, and Companion Books
This year I’ve noticed a bunch of children’s books that follow previously published books in some way. We have some follow-ups, some sequels, and some companion books. What’s the difference?
A sequel is typically a story that connects to a previous story in some way.
A companion is a standalone story with characters from a previous book.
A follow-up is a word that gets thrown around that could mean sequel or companion, or it might be a story with new characters but in a thematically or visually similar world to a previous story.
I also tried to avoid including obvious series books in this post. For instance, I didn’t include the latest Dog Man book, because we all know that’s a planned series and books will keep coming out.
Any I missed? Let me know in the comments.
Title: Pax, Journey Home
Title: Yes & No
Follows: Big Cat, Little Cat
Title: Room to Dream
Follows: Front Desk, Three Keys
Title: Agent Lion and the Case of the Missing Party
Follows: Agent Lion
Title: Billy Miller Makes a Wish
Follows: The Year of Billy Miller
Title: Trick or Treat, Crankenstein
Follows: Crankenstein and A Crankenstein Valentine
Title: Bear Wants to Sing
Follows: King Mouse
Title: Just Like That
Follows: The Wednesday Wars, Okay for Now
Title: Recognize: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life
Follows: The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth
Title: Big Feelings
Follows: All Are Welcome
Title: Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex?!
Follows: Witches of Brooklyn
Title: Return of the Underwear Dragon
Follows: The Underwear Dragon
Title: Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge
Follows: Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, Vamos! Let’s Go Eat
Follows: Blackout, Blizzard
Title: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance
Follows: Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Title: Amos McGee Misses the Bus
Follows: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Title: Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City
Follows: Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Title: Trillions of Trees
Follows: Billions of Bricks
Title: Out of My Heart
Following: Out of My Mind
Title: The Ambassador of Nowhere, Texas
Follows: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Title: Tyrone O’Saurus Dreams
Title: LMNO Pea-quel
Follows: LMNO Peas
Title: I Love My Fur!
Follows: I Love My Fangs!
Title: Friends Forever
Following: Real Friends
Title: Sunny Makes a Splash
Following: Sunny Side Up, Swing It, Sunny, Sunny Rolls the Dice
Title: Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse – and Dandy Too!
Following: Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse
Title: Egg Marks the Spot
Following: Skunk and Badger
Title: This Is Still Not a Book!
Following: This Is Not a Book!
Title: Set Me Free
Following: Show Me a Sign
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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