Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space by Jonathan AshleyWelcome to: Brooklyn, New York, 1949, where Lily Lupino dreams of becoming an astronaut, just like the hero of her favorite radio show, Trip Darrow: Star Pilot.
What happens: Spacetronaut Kosmo Kidd crashes his rocket ship into Lily's kitchen, kicking off a wild adventure that will take Lily all the way to Outer Outer Space.
Read it for: interstellar action, outrageous humor, plenty of illustrations, and a villain with a memorable mustache.
What Goes Up by Wen Jane BaragreyWhat it's about: twelve-year-old Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow has a weird name, pale albino skin, and a roof that seems to attract falling objects. When a NASA satellite falls out of orbit, Robyn is sure that it will crush her house -- which means she's got a limited time to track down the father she's never known.
Why you might like it: Though the approaching satellite adds tension to this offbeat story, it's quirky Robyn and her friends and family who will keep you reading.
Welcome, Wombat: Tales of Rescue and Release by Kama EinhornWhat it is: a book of advice from Chance the wombat to Panzer, the newest arrival at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary in Gundaroo, Australia.
What's inside: easy-to-read facts about wombats and the Sleepy Burrow sanctuary, alongside adorable photos of the sanctuary residents, from tiny pink joeys to furry full-grown wombats.
Who it's for: anyone who's interested in wildlife rescue (or cute animal pictures).
A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis; illustrated by Jo WeaverWhat it is: a delicately illustrated book about a group of refugees who comfort each other with stories while their boat drifts in the Mediterranean Sea.
Starring: fourteen-year-old Rami, who plays his violin while he spins a tale about a free-spirited stallion resisting a Dark Lord.
Who it's for: older readers who appreciate real-world issues mixed with fantasy, and heartbreak mixed with hope.
The Prince Problem by Vivian Vande VeldeWhat it's about: In one fantasy kingdom, book-loving Prince Telmund is cursed to transform into an animal every time he sleeps. In another, strong-willed Princess Amelia is kidnapped by a rival kingdom's prince. When Telmund and Amelia cross paths, they might be able to help each other...if only they can stop misunderstanding each other.
For fans of: exciting adventures, fractured fairy tales, and short chapter books.
Nightlights by Lorena AlvarezFeaturing: imaginative schoolgirl Sandy, whose dreams of wild, otherworldly creatures inspire her artwork; and Morfie, the odd, lavender-haired girl who appears to be Sandy's biggest fan…but might be something more sinister.
Art alert: You won't be able to look away from the jewel-bright colors and animation-style art in this graphic novel fantasy.
For fans of: Luke Pearson's Hilda series (the books or the TV show).
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben ClantonIntroducing: cheerful, waffle-loving Narwhal and his new best friend Jelly, a practical, nervous jellyfish.
Is it for you? If you're new to graphic novels or just looking for a chapter book you can read all the way through, Narwhal and Jelly might be your new best friends.
Series alert: Follow this unlikely undersea friendship in Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt and Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus EmersonWhat it's about: After mutant cooties turn the students of Armstrong School into zombies, kid superhero Scrap and his friends must face pirates, cowboys, hot lava, and more in order to save the day.
Why you might like it: Scrap's battles might be an epic game of pretend, but with all the action of a superhero movie, this series-starter is hard to put down!
Try this next: Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom.
One Trick Pony by Nathan HaleIn a world... where aliens have taken over Earth and devoured all of its electric devices, three nomad kids discover a hidden cave filled with robots, including an amazing mechanical horse.
What happens: While trying to bring the horse back to their caravan, the kids must run from outlaws and alien parasites alike.
Read it for: page-turning suspense, detailed illustrations, and a frightening (yet fascinating) future setting.
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola; illustrated by Emily CarrollWhat it's about: After clever, unappreciated Masha responds to a "help wanted" ad placed by the notorious witch Baba Yaga, she relies on her grandmother's folktales to help her complete the wily witch's challenges.
Why you might like it: Modern characters, supernatural thrills, and spooky artwork combine in this graphic novel fantasy.
You might also like: Katherine Marsh's The Door by the Staircase.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 8-11!