Holiday Recommendations for Young Readers 2023: Graphic Novels and Chapter Books (Ages 8-12)

The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom, written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris, ages 8-11. Award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are back with the second volume in the bestselling The First Cat in Space graphic novel series! Secret tales of woe, hilarious new characters, and dangerous plans of sabotage will keep readers delighted and laughing until the thrilling climax. Perfect for fans of Dog Man and InvestiGators. “This volume continues the nonstop madcap fun; returning readers will not be disappointed, and new ones will quickly become avid followers of the world’s first feline astronaut.” – Kirkus Reviews

Keeper of the Lost Cities: The Graphic Novel: Part One, Volume One, written by Shannon Messenger, adapted by Celina Frenn, illustrated by Gabriella Chianello, ages 8-12. The first book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series is being reimagined as a graphic novel with the first half of the epic novel adapted to this new format with beautiful artwork!

Jawbreaker, by Christina Wyman, ages 8-12. Max Plink's life is complicated. Her parents aren't getting along. The school bullies are relentless. Worst of all, her mouth is a mess. She already has braces, but now Max has to wear painful (and totally awkward) orthodontic headgear. Could things get any worse? Yes. The journalism competition Max wants to enter has a video component. But being on camera means showing her face not just to her junior high classmates, but possibly the whole city. Turns out, following her dreams is complicated, too. “A hugely relatable must-read: witty, intensely emotional, and full of heart." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Three Tasks For a Dragon, written by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by PJ Lynch, ages 8-12.  New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer and multi-award-winning illustrator P.J. Lynch team up again for a quest story of knights, dark magic, and a maiden with powers of her own. With transporting language and a magnificent dragon masterfully rendered with a range of emotions, Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch make their own magic in this classic fantasy with a light feminist twist. "An elegant and inspired fairy tale that feels both familiar and freshly penned." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A Horse Named Sky, written by Rosanne Parry, illustrated by Kirbi Fagan, Greenwillow Books, ages 7-10. A stand-alone companion to the acclaimed national bestsellers A Wolf Called Wander and A Whale of the Wild. Exiled from his band, a young, wild horse must find his way across treacherous terrain to reunite with his family after being captured for the Pony Express. “A feel-good tale of a clever and determined stallion set against a well-developed landscape.” — Kirkus Reviews