Fred Gets Dressed

by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Published May 4, 2021 When Fred’s adults discover him dressed in his mother’s clothes, the whole family takes part in a dress-up session. This is a great example of adults following the child’s lead in play, as well as embracing nontraditional gender expression.

Pillow Places

by Joseph Kuefler (Balzer + Bray) Published June 8, 2021 Two friends spend their sleepover discovering all the things a pillow can do and be. They play until they can’t anymore and forge a bond stronger than a pillow fort.


by Helen Yoon (Candlewick Press) Published October 26, 2021 A child enters her father’s office to investigate and turns her curiosity into a full play session. When she realizes she should leave before it gets worse, she is in for a hilarious surprise.