Great New Children’s Books for Older Readers

Book List , Kids

Cookies & Milk

Title: Cookies & Milk
By: Amos, Shawn
Published: 2022

Historical Fiction (1976)/Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


Consider the Octopus

Title: Consider the Octopus
By: Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Published: 2022

Suggested ages are from the publisher or each item's library catalog record.

Humor/Ecological
Ages 8 to 12


The Girl in the Lake

Title: The Girl in the Lake
By: Brown, India Hill
Published: 2022

Suspense/Ghost Stories
Ages 8 to 12


Wild Ride

Title: Wild Ride
By: Calabrese, Keith
Published: 2022

Humor/Action
Ages 8 to 12


Isla to Island

Title: Isla to Island
By: Castellanos, Alexis
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel/Historical Fiction
Ages 10 and up


Karthik Delivers

Title: Karthik Delivers
By: Chari, Sheela
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 10 to 14


Swim Team

Title: Swim Team
By: Christmas, Johnnie
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel
Ages 8 to 12


The Marvellers

Title: The Marvellers
By: Clayton, Dhonielle
Published: 2022

Fantasy/Magic
Ages 8 to 12


Where the Sky Lives

Title: Where the Sky Lives
By: Dilloway, Margaret
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


The Witch's Apprentice (Dragons in a Bag)

Title: The Witch's Apprentice (Dragons in a Bag)
By: Elliott, Zetta
Published: 2022

Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12


She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music History

Title: She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music History
By: Elizabeth, Jordannah
Published: 2021

Collective Biography
Ages 8 to 12


Gabby Gets It Together (PAWS)

Title: Gabby Gets It Together (PAWS)
By: Fairbairn, Nathan
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel/Friendship story
Ages 8 to 12


The Prince of Nowhere

Title: The Prince of Nowhere
By: Hassan, Rochelle
Published: 2022

Fantasy
Ages 8 ti 12


Mango All the Time

Title: Mango All the Time
By: Hyman, Fracaswell
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 9 and up


When the World Turned Upside Down

Title: When the World Turned Upside Down
By: Ibura, K.
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction/Current Issues (COVID-19)
Ages 8 to 12


The Lucky Ones

Title: The Lucky Ones
By: Jackson, Linda Williams
Published: 2022

Historical Fiction (1960s)/Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles)

Title: Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles)
By: Kibuishi, Amy Kim
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12


Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech

Title: Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech
By: Kooser, Ted (with Connie Wanek)
Published: 2022

Poetry
Ages 6 to 9


Operation Do-Over

Title: Operation Do-Over
By: Korman, Gordon
Published: 2022

Time Travel
Ages 8 to 12


Mischief and Mayhem (Born to Be Bad)

Title: Mischief and Mayhem (Born to Be Bad)
By: Lamug, Ken
Published: 2021

Graphic Novel/Humor
Ages 8 to 12


In the Key of Us

Title: In the Key of Us
By: Lockington, Mariama
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horn

Title: Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horn
By: Magoon, Scott
Published: 2021

Graphic Novel/Animal Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12


The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei

Title: The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei
By: Matula, Christina
Published: 20212

Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


Honestly Elliott

Title: Honestly Elliott
By: McDunn, Gillian
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 11


Witchlings

Title: Witchlings
By: Ortega, Claribel A.
Published: 2022

Fantasy/Magic
Ages 8 to 12


The Sheep, the Rooster and the Duck

Title: The Sheep, the Rooster and the Duck
By: Phelan, Matt
Published: 2022

Humor
Ages 8 to 12


Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand

Title: Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand
By: Reed, Dwayne
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction
Ages 8 to 12


It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit

Title: It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit
By: Reynolds, Justin A.
Published: 2022

Ages 8 to 12
Humor/Dystopia Fiction/Satire


Packing for Mars for Kids

Title: Packing for Mars for Kids
By: Roach, Mary
Published: 2022

Non-Fiction/Astronauts
Ages 9 to 12


Omar Rising

Title: Omar Rising
By: Saeed, Aisha
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction/Social Justice
Ages 10 and up


Spineless

Title: Spineless
By: San Miguel, Samantha
Published: 2022

Adventure
Ages 8 to 12


The Aquanaut

Title: The Aquanaut
By: Santat, Dan
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12


Storm

Title: Storm
By: Skinner, Nicola
Published: 2022

Ghosts/Paranormal/Dystopia
Ages 8 to 12


The Last Mapmaker

Title: The Last Mapmaker
By: Soontornvat, Christina
Published: 2022

Fantasy/Adventure/Survival
Ages 8 to 12


The Way I Say It

Title: The Way I Say It
By: Tandon, Nancy
Published: 2022

Realistic Fiction

Ages 10 and up


Stealing Home

Title: Stealing Home
By: Torres, J.
Published: 2021

Graphic Novel/Historical Novel (Japanese-Canadians in World War II)
Ages 9 to 12


How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps

Title: How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps
By: Turner, Pamela S.
Published: 2022

Non-Fiction/Science
Ages 10 and up


Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables

Title: Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables
By: Weir, Ivy Noelle
Published: 2022

Graphic Novel
Ages 8 to 12


When Winter Robeson Came

Title: When Winter Robeson Came
By: Woods, Brenda
Published: 2022

Historical Fiction (1965)
Ages 10 and up


Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

Title: Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler
By: Zoboi, Ibi
Published: 2022

Non-Fiction/Biography/Poetry
Ages 10 and up


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