Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List Nominations

The Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List seeks to highlight the best graphic novels for children ages 5-12 published in late 2021 and throughout 2022, increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections. The officially nominated titles - titles that are nominated and seconded by a member of the BGNC Selection Committee -  will be posted regularly during the year. The final list will be announced in January 2023.

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2022 Best Graphic Novels for Children Nominated Titles

JULY NOMINATIONS

FICTION

Younger Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

Lemon Bird Can Help. Written by Paulina Ganucheau. Art by Paulina Ganucheau. 2022. RH Graphic, $12.99 (9780593122679).
Lemon-shaped Lemon Bird is struggling to fly, and Lime will not stop teasing her. When Lemon Bird and her new friend Pupkin, a pumpkin-shaped puppy, become lost, they work together to get back home. They help other animals along the way, and make a surprising new friend.

Pizza My Heart. Written by Mika Song. Art by Mika Song. 2022. RH Graphic, $12.99 (9780593479728).
Norma and Belly are at it again! This time they want pizza. When the squirrels see a delivery kid, they head off in search of a pizza for themselves and the adventure begins. Norma and Belly encounter an aggressive cat, an artist, and, hopefully, their very own slice of pizza.

Middle Readers (3rd-4th Grade)

Apple Crush. Written by Lucy Knisley. Art by Lucy Knisely. Color by Whitney Cogar. 2022. RH Graphic, $12.99 (9781984896872).
Jen is adjusting to life on the farm with her mother and new stepfamily.  Starting sixth grade at a new school is nerve-wracking, and Jen doesn't understand why everyone is so obsessed with having a boyfriend or girlfriend.  

Freestyle: A Graphic Novel. Written by Gale Galligan. Art by Gale Galligan. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338045802).
A breakdancing group faces their final year of middle school (their last year together). Group dynamics take center stage as Cory's grades force him to take a break from the group and work with a peer tutor who happens to be an expert yo-yo trick artist. 

Housecat Trouble. Written by Mason Dickerson. Art by Mason Dickerson.  Designed by Patrick Crotty. 2022. RH Graphic, $12.99 (9780593173459).
Buster the Kitten's owner leaves him alone, and a stray cat's warning about monsters comes true. Before long, the house is overrun. Buster must rely on the help of his new streetwise friends to keep the house safe and eradicate the monster plague.

Sci-Fu Vol. 2: It Takes 2. Written by Yehudi Mercado. Art by Yehudi Mercado. Color by Andrea Bell, Sophia Hoodis, Mary Bellamy and Dave Wheeler. Edited by Grace Sheipeter. Designed by Kate Z. Stone. 2022. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620107836)
Wax is an aspiring DJ and Sci-Fu master-in-training. When Wax defeated Five Deadly Dangers, he was crowned King of Diccopia. But he does not want the throne and worries he cannot protect his friends and family when a new threat shows up on Earth to usurp the throne.  

Sort of Super. Written by Eric Gapstur. Art by Eric Gapstur. Color by Dearbhla Kelly. Designed by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Eric Gapstur. 2022. Aladdin, $20.99 (9781534480292).
Eleven year-old Wyatt has superpowers, but his dad is worried about what will happen if he uses them. Wyatt quietly teams up with his super-smart little sister (and his amazing Grandma!) to deal with some bullies, help some people, and just maybe solve some mysteries.

Older Readers (5th-6th Grade)

The Tryout: A Graphic Novel. Written by Christina Soontornvat. Art by Joanna Cacao. 2022. Scholastic, $24.99 (9781338741308).
This graphic memoir of Christina’s 7th grade year is all about fitting in and standing out. Christina and her best friend take a big risk as some of their school’s few Asian American students by trying out for the cheerleading squad in their small Texas hometown.

Red Scare: A Graphic Novel. Written by Liam Francis Walsh. Art by Liam Francis Walsh. Edited by Adam Rau and David Saylor. Designed by Steve Ponzo. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338167092).
Paranoia, mystery, danger....Peggy not only has to deal with typical middle school bullies but also with spies and G-Men in this high-stakes, McCarthy era adventure.

JUNE NOMINATIONS

FICTION

All Ages (PreK-6th Grade)

Sir Ladybug. Written by Corey R. Tabor. Art by Corey R. Tabor. 2022. Balzer + Bray, $12.99 (9780063069067).
Sir Ladybug and his friends embark on a noble quest to save a caterpillar before it can become lunch for a hungry chickadee.

Younger Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

Blue, Barry, & Pancakes: Enter the Underground Throwdown. Written by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson. Art by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson. 2022. First Second, $12.99 (9781250816962).
Barry, jealous of Blue's spelunking friends, takes Pancakes on an adventure through a winding cave. The three friends eventually reunite and work together to win the ultimate underground wrestling match.

Middle Readers (3rd-4th Grade)

Growing Pangs. Written by Kathryn Ormsbee. Art by Molly Brooks. 2022. Color by Bex Glendining and Elise Schuenke. Random House Books for Young Readers, $20.99 (9780593301285).
Home-schooled Katie navigates the twists and turns of many firsts, friend jealousy, and lots of changes in the summer before 6th grade. All of this is made even more difficult as the buzzing bees of OCD grow louder and harder to manage.

Ham Helsing, Vol. 2: Monster Hunter. Written by Rich Moyer. Art by Rich Moyer. Color by Josh Lewis. 2022. Crown Books for Young Readers, $12.99 (9780593308956).
Ham and his buddies are invited to be guests of honor at a monster-free sleepaway camp. However, when they arrive, no adults welcome the new campers. Throughout the week, kids keep disappearing. Ham and his buddies must find the kids and figure out why they are vanishing.

Poiko: Quests & Stuff. Written by Brian Middleton. Art by Brian Middleton. Edited by Rebecca Taylor. Designed by Sonja Synak.  2022. Wonderbound, $9.99 (9781638490716)
Poiko is the kingdom’s most reliable courier, but even he gets distracted by helping others while trying to make his deliveries on time. Each day brings a new adventure and new lessons to learn.

Prisoner of Shiverstone. Written by Linette Moore. Art by Linette Moore. 2022. Amulet, $24.99 (9781419743917).
A girl is shipwrecked on a secret island with mad scientists, and her tinkering skills come in handy to help save a trapped old friend.

Shuri and T'Challa: Into the Heartlands. Written by Roseanne A. Brown. Art by Dika Araújo, Natacha Bustos, and Claudia Aguirre. Color by Cris Peter. Letters by VC’s Ariana Maher. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338648063).
Princess Shuri and her brother T'Challa accidentally destroy a sacred site during an argument but must bury their anger to deal with the mysterious illness affecting their community. They go on a journey to retrieve a mythical item to cure their people and find they are stronger as a team.

Swim Team. Written by Johnnie Christmas. Art by Johnnie Christmas. 2022. HarperAlley, $21.99 (9780063056771).
After moving cross-country, Bree is excited to start a new school, but she gets stuck in Swim 101 because it is the only elective available. Bree is nervous until she gets swimming (and history) lessons from her neighbor Etta. Bree learns to swim, makes new friends, and overcomes her fears.

Older Readers (5th-6th Grade)

Miss Quinces. Written by Katherine Fajardo. Art by Katherine Fajardo. Art by Mariana Azzi. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338535594).
Fifteen year-old Sue wants nothing more than to spend the summer with her friends and to go to camp together. However, her family goes to Honduras for a big family trip, and her mom surprises her with an unwanted quinceañera. Will she have the party and get to go to camp?

Wingbearer. Written by Marjorie Liu. Art by Teny Issakhanian. 2022. Quill Tree Books, $22.99 (9780062741160).
Zuli has always known the love and safety of the Great Tree. All that changes  when she embarks on a quest to discover who (or what) is threatening the nature of existence. And, like the true epic hero she is, she might discover the truth about herself as well.

MAY NOMINATIONS

FICTION

All Ages (PreK-6th Grade)

Snow Day: A Graphic Novel (Mr. Wolf's Class #5). Written by Aron Nels Steinke. Art by Aron Nels Steinke. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338746761).
The possibility of a rare snow day gets everyone–students and teachers alike–excited at Hazelwood Elementary School. Missed connections lead to adventures for Mr. Wolf and one of his students.

Young Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book. Written by Guojing. Art by Guojing. 2022. Random House Studio, $18.99 (9780593127315).
When a young girl goes to visit her grandmother Lao Lao, her grandmother tells her the story of the pet flamingo she had when she was young.

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables (Classic Graphic Remix).  Written by Ivy Noelle Weir. Art by Myisha Haynes. 2022. Little, Brown & Co. Books for Young Readers, $24.99 (9780316459785).
This modern retelling Anne of Green Gables moves the setting to modern day West Philadelphia where Anne, the Cuthbert’s first foster child, turns their lives upside down. Brimming with spunk and creativity, Anne makes friends, joins the robotics club, and falls in love, finding family along the way.

Cat Ninja: Time Heist. Written by Matthew Cody. Art by Chad Thomas. Color by Warren Wucinich. 2021. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $13.99 (9781524868086).
When Leon brings home an egg, it is up to Cat Ninja and Master Hamster to babysit. The egg hatches a super-strong Owl–Hoot–who becomes the newest member of their super team. Baby Hoot tags along with the team to time travel and defeat Metro City’s latest villain.

The Flower Garden. Written by Renée Kurilla. Art by Renée Kurilla. 2022. Abrams Books, $12.99 (9781419750208).
Tess and Anna plant a garden to help bees. While they are napping, a little gnome plants magical seeds that make Tess and Anna wake up small. The three go on adventures together. When they awaken, each has a different view about whether they were just dreaming.

PAWS: Gabby Gets It Together. Written by Nathan Fairbairn. Art by Michele Assarasakorn. Color by Nathan Fairbairn. Letters by Nathan Fairbairn. 2022. Razorbill, $20.99 (9780593351851).
Three BFFs are obsessed with pets but are not able to have their own. So they start a dog-walking service, but they bite off a little more than they can chew.

Rabbit Chase. Written by Elizabeth LaPensée. Art by KC Oster. Translated by Aarin Dokum. 2022. Annick Press, $19.99 (9781773216201).
Aimée, a non-binary Anishinaabe middle-schooler, goes on a class trip to offer gifts to water spirits that protect the land. During a storytelling event, they wander off and are transported to an alternate dimension populated by traditional Anishinaabe figures. Through these adventures, Aimée learns of the land and discovers themself.

Older Readers( Grades 5-6)

Little Monarchs. Written by Jonathan Case. Art by Jonathan Case. 2022. Margaret Ferguson Books, $22.99 (9780823442608).
Following a terrible natural disaster, Elvie and Flora are the only humans with enough supply of medicine to survive during daylight in this thrilling eco-adventure.

APRIL NOMINATIONS

FICTION

Young Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

Blue, Barry, & Pancakes: Danger on Mount Choco. Written by Daniel Abdo & Jason Patterson. Art by Daniel Abdo & Jason Patterson. 2022. First Second, $12.99 (9781250255570).
Three best friends, Blue, Barry, and Pancakes decide to enter a sundae building contest. To win, the three must work together to get the best chocolate ice cream which is upon Mount Choco. While on their adventure, they must learn to work together and learn what friendship means.

Cranky Chicken. Written by Katherine Battersby. Art by Katherine Battersby. 2021. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $12.99 (9781534469884).
Chicken feels most comfortable being gloomy, until a perky worm named Speedy decides they are destined to be BFFs. As they learn about each other's favorites and pet peeves, Speedy tries to get Chicken to lighten up, and Chicken discovers being optimistic doesn't mean sacrificing his favorite cranky things.

Fitz and Cleo Get Creative. Written by Jonathan Stutzman. Art by Heather Fox. 2022. Henry Holt and Company, $12.99. (9781250239457).
Fitz and Cleo are siblings who get very creative while making a movie with their friends. Fitz and Cleo work together to get a script written, then have their friends try out for the roles, and, all together, create a movie and have a backyard party to watch.

Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too! Written by Maggie P. Chan. Art by Maggie P. Chan. 2022. Simon Spotlight, $17.99 (9781534484726).
Geraldine Pu loves her family, her friends, and her cat hat. If only her hair could look as glamorous as her Amah's! When faced with a strict no hats rule on Picture Day at school, Geraldine will have to find a way to embrace her hair and her style.

Haylee and Comet: A Trip Around the Sun. Written by Deborah Marcero. Art by Deborah Marcero. 2022. Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (9781250774408).
Best friends Haylee and Comet learn about change and how some changes happen quickly, while other changes take time.

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

Green Arrow: Stranded. Written by Brendan Deneen. Art by Bell Hosalla. 2022. DC Comics, $9.99 (9781779501219).
Ollie and his dad are on a hunting trip with Sebastian and his son Tyler. On their way home, their private jet is struck by lightning, and they crash land on a small deserted island. Ollie must help the group survive.

Star Knights. Written by Kay Davault. Art by Kay Davault. 2022. Random House Graphic, $20.99 (9780593303658).
Tad the frog longs to fit in as he dreams of being a legendary Star Knight and defeating the hideous Marsh Witch. When the Star King falls from the sky, Tad's wish comes true. Tad still can't shake his shame, even as he aids the King’s return to space.

Surviving the Wild: Rainbow The Koala. Written by Remy Lai. Art by Remy Lai. 2022. Henry Holt and Company., $13.99 (9781250785442).
At six months of age, Rainbow leaves her mother's pouch and learns how to survive on her own. After finding her own tree and making a couple of friends, a large fire hits her area. Rainbow is rescued and, after healing, is released once again into her habitat.

Surviving the Wild: Star The Elephant. Written by Remy Lai. Art by Remy Lai. 2022. Henry Holt and Company, $13.99 (9781250784995).
Star wants to grow up, but her mother and aunt are always reminding her to stay close and stay away from humans. When Star is separated from her family, she learns that not all humans are bad and that there are safe places for elephants.

Older Readers (Grades 5-6)

Button Pusher. Written by Tyler Page. Art by Tyler Page. 2022. First Second, $21.99 (9781250758347).
Tyler struggles to control his actions, which often causes trouble. When Tyler is diagnosed with ADHD and begins medication, it only helps with one of his issues. His home is turbulent, and Tyler isn’t the only one struggling with impulse-control. Tyler must accept himself and work hard just to survive.

Ride On. Written by Faith Erin Hicks. Art by Faith Erin Hicks. 2022. First Second, $22.99 (9781250772817).
Victoria is burned out with the pressure to compete, and she withdraws after a painful breakup with a friend when she joins a new riding stable. As she meets other students at the new stable, she's faced with a choice to open up and risk forming new friendships.

NONFICTION

Older Readers (Grades 5-6)

Science Comics: Birds of Prey - Terrifying Talons. Written by Joe Flood. Art by Joe Flood. 2022. First Second, $21.99 (9781250269478).
Playing an integral role in the ecosystem, these awesome birds of prey use their razor-sharp talons to capture their prey. The information provided spans from dinosaurs to the birds of today.

MARCH NOMINATIONS

FICTION

Young Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

Friendbots: Blink and Block Bug Each Other. Written by Vicky Fang. Art by Vicky Fang. 2021. HarperAlley, $16.99 (9780063049482).
Blink and Block may be robots, but they are complete opposites. In their eagerness to play together, they get on each other's nerves. Ultimately, like all good friends, they learn how to get along.

Kraken Me Up. Written by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Written by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Art by Jeffrey Ebbeler. 2021. Holiday House, $14.99 (9780823450176).
When Izzie decides to show her pet Kraken at the county fair, she’s surprised people find him unusual and scary. Izzie is able to have a blast playing carnival games while showing the crowds that her Kraken is a gentle, shy guy with a great sense of humor.  
 
Little Red and the Cat who Loved Cake. Written by Barbara Lehman. Art by Barbara Lehman. 2021. Clarion Books, $18.99 (9780358315100).
Little Red and Big Red have baked a cake. When Little Red sets out to bring it to Grandma, Wolfie the cat follows, in the hope of getting some too.  

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

The Real Riley Mayes. Written by Rachel Elliott. Art by Rachel Elliott. 2022. Balzer + Bray, $21.99 (9780062995759).
Riley Mayes loves two things: drawing and comedian Joy Powers, whose old routines she watches online obsessively. When Riley sets out to make friends and raise her grades to fulfill her part of a bargain to take art classes, she discovers new friends may have been exactly what she needed to truly find herself.

Stuntboy, in the Meantime. Written by Jason Reynolds. Art by Raúl the Third. 2021. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, $13.99 (9781534418165).
Portico Reeves is Stuntboy, a superhero keeping the Castle (aka Skylight Gardens) safe–protecting his best friend, stopping his archnemesis, and keeping “the Frets” away. In the meantime, what worries Stuntboy the most, is the problem he can't solve, his parents’ constant fighting.

Older Readers (Grades 5-6)

Frizzy. Written by Claribel A. Ortega. Art by Rose Bousamra. 2022. First Second, $21.00 (9781250259622).
Easy-going Marlene loves art and her bestie but struggles under parental pressure to act more “grown up.” She loathes her weekly salon appointment and wonders why her mom finds her natural hair unacceptable. When Tía Ruby teaches Marlene how to care for her hair, she embraces her true self.

The Legend of Brightblade. Written by Ethan M. Aldridge. Art by Ethan M. Aldridge. 2022. Quill Tree Books, $23.99 (9780062995537).
Prince Alto dreams of adventure, but his mother wants him to learn to govern the realm. Alto runs away from the palace and forms a magical band with other travelers. Together, they discover whether they can live up to the legends and live out their music-making dreams.
 
Scout is Not a Band Kid. Written by Jade Armstrong. Art by Jade Armstrong. 2022. RH Graphic, $20.99 (9780593176238).
Scout signs up for band class so she can go along for the annual competition, incidentally happening near a signing with her favorite author. Learning to read music proves challenging, and she faces pushback from her friends. Scout has to learn how to play trombone and make new band friends.

FEBRUARY NOMINATIONS

Fiction

All Ages (PreK-6th Grade)

Every Little Kindness. Written by Marta Bartolj. Art by Marta Bartolj. 2021. Chronicle Books, $19.99 (9781797207926).
After their dog goes missing, the owner puts up a missing sign and does something kind, inspiring a chain reaction of other altruistic actions. As the day goes on, each person pays a good deed forward, until it winds back to the owner of the missing dog.

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

Agents of SLAM. Written by Dave Scheidt. Art by Scoot McMahon. 2022. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781637150221).
Wrestling vlogger Katie Jones gets the opportunity to watch and interview the Agents of SLAM, a group of world-renowned wrestlers led by the U.S. President. When Katie not only meets her heroes, but also becomes an Agent herself, she learns not everyone is who they seem to be.
 
The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel. Written by Dan Santat. Art by Dan Santat. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545497602).
Sophia is a regular at the marine theme park Aqualand. When an Aquanaut raids the park’s lab, Sophia decides to work with the group of aquatic animals who are controlling the underwater walking suit to free animals housed at Aqualand.
 
Catwad: You’re Making Me Six. Written by Jim Benton. Art by Jim Benton. 2021. Graphix, $8.99 (9781338770230).
Grouchy Catwad and optimistic Blurmp have lots of silly adventures in the larger world as they explore beyond the living room.
 
Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel. Written by Amy Kim Kibuishi. Art by Amy Kim Kibuishi. 2022. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338115154).
Tabby is transported to the far-away world of Rema, brimming with magic and mystery, as she searches for the cause of her father’s sudden death. In this land, she meets Phillip, who despite harboring his own deadly secrets, promises to help Tabby return home.

JANUARY NOMINATIONS

Fiction

Young Readers (PreK-2nd Grade)

Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness. Written by Ben Clanton. Art by Ben Clanton. 2021. Tundra Books, $12.99 (9780735262546).
When Mr Blowfish comes down with a cold and has to cancel class, Narwhal and Jelly become substitute teachers for a day.

Pepper & Boo: Puddle Trouble. By Charise Mericle Harper. Art by Charise Mericle Harper. 2021. Little, Brown and Company, $12.99 (9780759555082).
Three friendly pets are having trouble finding a way to play together. The two dogs, Pepper and Boo, enjoy a variety of messy outdoor activities, but Cat prefers to have fun with indoor activities, especially when it is raining. Ultimately, a coat allows all three friends to brave the outdoors together.

Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-YUM. Written by Drew Brockington. Art by Drew Brockington. 2021.  Little, Brown and Company, $12.99 (9780316500425).
Dad-Cat takes siblings, Waffles and Pancake, to the science museum. They see everything from exhibits of dino-cats, hairballs, to a planetarium show of cat-constellations. During their visit, the cat siblings become separated from Dad-Cat and must find their way back to him.

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

Absolutely Nat. Written by Maria Scrivan. Art by Maria Scrivan. 2021. Graphix, $21.99 (9781338715408).
Natalie is excited about summer camp with her best friends, but she is disappointed to find she will be bunking with her ex-BFF. Natalie thought camp would be fun. Instead, it seems strange and constantly pushes her boundaries. When Nat finally faces her fears, summer camp becomes a whole new experience.

Bad Sister. Written by Charise Mericle Harper. Art by Rory Lucey. 2021. First Second, $19.99 (9781250219060).
Competitive, impatient, and at times jealous, Charise often pushes her younger brother to increasingly dangerous stunts and is frustrated when she gets punished. When Daniel gets injured in an especially rough game, she gains a new understanding of the impact of her actions and her role in the family.

Besties: Work it Out. Written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino. Art by Kristina Luu. 2021. Etch Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99 (9780358521150).
Entrepreneurs Beth and Chanda land a lucrative dog-sitting job. While they think that fortune and popularity await them, instead chaos and misadventure befall their business and their friendship.

¡¡Manu!! Written by Kelly Fernández. Art by Kelly Fernández. 2021. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338264197).
Manu is a bit of an outcast--she is always getting into trouble with her extra powerful magic, and there are rumors that she might not be entirely human. When her best friend Josefina wishes away Manu’s magic, Manu is willing to go to any length to get it back.

Smaller Sister. Written by Maggie Edkins Willis. Art by Maggie Edkins Willis. 2022. Roaring Brook Press, $22.99 (9781250767417).
Lucy and her older sister struggle with new schools, body image, eating disorders, and friendships in this semi-autobiographical graphic novel full of pathos and care.

Sunny Makes a Splash. Written by Jennifer L. Holm. Art by Matthew Holm. 2021. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338233186).
As summer begins, Sunny is bored—especially with most of her friends out of town. Although Sunny's mom wants her to babysit, Sunny scores the perfect summer job at the community pool. Working at the pool proves to be an opportunity for both self-discovery and making new friends.

Older Readers (Grades 5-6)

A-Okay. Written by Jarad Greene. Art by Jarad Greene. 2021. HarperAlley, $22.99 (9780063032859).
Jay's last year of middle school is hampered by his severe acne. Along with trying an extensive medical regime to control his complexion, Jay also navigates the challenges of losing old friends and making new ones.

Borders. Written by Thomas King. Art by Natasha Donovan. 2021. Little, Brown and Company, $24.99 (9780316593069).
A boy and his mother go on a road trip from Canada to the United States to visit his sister. Their trip is interrupted at the border when his mother identifies her citizenship as only Blackfoot. Kept in limbo between two countries, this story is about justice, identity, and nationhood.

Creepy Cat, Vol. 1. Written by Cotton Valent. Art by Cotton Valent. 2021. Seven Seas, $14.99 (9781648277870).
Flora moves into a new spooky mansion, only to find it is inhabited by an adorable but spooky cat. Life is not always as easy as it seems when your new roommate is creepy.

Isla to Island. Written by Alexis Castellanos. Art by Alexis Castellanos. 2022. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $21.99 (9781534469242).
When Marisol is sent from her home in Cuba to New York City during the Cuban Revolution, she enters a cold, grey, and largely silent world. As her new caregivers work to reintroduce her to the plants, food, and books she loves, color and language return to her world.

NON-FICTION

Middle Readers (Grades 3-4)

Yummy: A History of Desserts. Written by Victoria Grace Elliott. Art by Victoria Grace Elliott. 2021. RH Graphic, $19.99 (9780593124376).
Food sprites Peri, Fee, and Fada take the reader on a global history of desserts, the origin of their names, and their key ingredients. Together, the sprites explore how ice cream went from flavored ice to the delicious ice cream we eat today. Readers then journey through the wonderful world of brownies, pies, cake, and finally cookies.