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Graphic Novel Recommendations

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by Anne Szabla. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2016

This is the story of Bali, a small boy hoping to join others for the tribe's Smokewalk (a coming-of-age ritual he's physically too small for).  He stumbles upon a legendary weapon (believed to be the legacy of hero Mali Ma...

Series by Ben Hatke. New York, NY: First Second, 2016

Jack, when taking care of his autistic younger sister Maddy, lets her convince him to trade their Mom’s car for a box of seeds. After planting the seeds their backyard becomes a magical jungle with tiny onion babies...

Series by George O’Connor. New York, NY: First Second, 2010

Greek myths literally come alive as O’Connor recounts the stories of each Greek Gods in vivid art and prose. As of the date of this publication, Olympians includes volumes for: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseid...

by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publication, 2018.

This extraordinary biography sensitively looks at the life and work of photographer Graciela Iturbide who turned to photography to better understand the world around her and heal her soul after...

by Federico Rossi Edrig. St. Louis, MO: Lion Forge, 2017

A cross between fantasy and folklore, this is a story of Morrigan who is forced to move with her author Mother and Brother to a remote village to research the legend of the King of Crows and the Scarecrow Prince f...

by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew. New York, NY: First Second, 2014

Based on the Golden-Age comic series, The Green Turtle, this is a story about Hank Chu, the son of Chinese immigrants. His mother who is rescued by a White superhero is convinced he too is a superhero. Whi...

by Matt Phelan. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2016

A Retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale that takes place in New York City in pre-Depression through the Great Depression (and is a great play with fairy tales and New York City during the Great Depression)....

Series by Christopher Ford. New York, NY: Philomel, 2011  

A fun, quirky reinterpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey using stick figures. In this epic tale, Zozimos who’s narrowly escaped the clutches of his evil-witch stepmother with the help of his uncle, spends his...

Anthology edited by Matt Dembicki. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Books, 2010

This anthology represents a collection of stories from various Native American tribes. The characters range from gods, to animals, to humans, each story is a "trickster" who disrupts the order of things...

by Julie Kim.Seattle, WA. Sasquatch Books, 2017

Inspired by Korean folktales, with a picture glossary of Korean words in the back, this beautifully illustrated picture book drawn in graphic novel style is all about two siblings in search of their grandmother, Halmoni....

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