Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl by Ben HatkeWhat it’s about: When Earth is menaced by tentacled aliens AND angry giants, intergalactic heroine Zita joins forces with modern fairy tale hero Jack to defend the planet.
Who it’s for: Fans of Zita’s and Jack’s solo series (both by author Ben Hatke) can jump right in to this crossover adventure, while newcomers may want to start at the beginning with Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack.
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. PérezFeaturing: birdwatcher Cat, journalist Ofelia, foodie Aster, and rebellious newcomer Lane, the first members of a secret new club in Sabal Palms, Florida.
What happens: The four friends band together to convince the Floras, an old-fashioned local girls club, to right a long-standing wrong.
Why you might like it: all four girls take turns telling this story of unlikely friendship, letting you get an up-close look at each girl’s problems, secrets, and hopes.
Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela DominguezWhat it’s about: Stella Diaz loves drawing, betta fish, and her family. She doesn’t love being in a different 3rd-grade class than her best friend, especially not after she’s assigned to give a speech in front of the whole class.
Who it’s for: new chapter book readers who like realistic stories about school, family, and friends.
You might also like: Juana Medina’s Juana & Lucas, which also has cartoon art and a Spanish-speaking heroine who's frustrated by English.
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna MerianoWhat it's about: Annoyed that she’s not allowed to help at her family's small-town Texas bakery, Leo Logroño steals a magical recipe book and cooks up a big mess.
Don't miss: the recipes at the end (magic not required).
Series alert: If you're charmed by the magical mayhem and cozy family bonds in this fantasy, you're in luck -- it's the 1st in a series, followed by A Sprinkle of Spirits.
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer TorresWhat it’s about: Instead of letting her take the bus to school, Stef Soto’s papi drops her off in the family’s battered, embarrassing old taco truck, Tia Perla. Stef hates being seen as the “Taco Queen,” but when the family business is threatened, she might have to step up in Tia Perla's defense.
Why you might like it: Breezy and sprinkled with Spanish, Stef Soto, Taco Queen serves up a fresh, warm-hearted slice of life.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 8-11!