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Graphic Novel Recommendations

Graphic Novels

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Series by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. New York, NY: First Second, 2009

Part how-to-draw cartoons and part story of friendship and chivalry, a princess/knight and her horse go on fun-filled adventures while learning lessons in sequential art,...

by Victoria Jamieson. New York, NY: Dial Books, 2017

Until now, Imogene's been homeschooled by her parents who work at the Renaissance Faire. She is now a Squire-in-Training and her quest is to survive middle school. The story is sensitively and beautifully told and thi...

First of the series by Jimmy Gownley. New York, NY: Atheneum, 2002

This book is great fun, brilliantly executes visual storytelling, and has wonderful wordplay. The endearing but flawed and snarky characters face all sorts of growing up issues such as divorce, friendshi...

by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2006  

Yang brilliantly weaves three seemingly independent stories together – all about cultural and individual identity. One story is of Jin Wang a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit into the predominantly White n...

by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill. New York, NY: First Second, 2011  

Neil Barton lives in small-town America and has to face high school without his best friend. Making matters worse, his mom is one of many who want to ban his favorite book series from the local librar...

Series by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2012

This series continues the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender. While Zuko (the new Fire Lord), Earth King Kuei, and Aang (the last airbender) promised to restore the Four N...

Series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005

A feisty, day dreaming mouse deals with all sorts of school, family, and community adventures. This series is great fun and chock-full of adventures, humor, wordplay, wond...

First of a series.  Graphic novel adaptations based on the novel by Ann M. Martin by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Graphix, 2015.

Babysitters, friends and kids all go on some wild adventures. Based on the novels by Ann M. Martin.

NOTE:  Later volumes by Gale Galligan...

by Sara Varon. New York, NY: First Second, 2011

Both funny and literal, this book is about friendship, fulfilling dreams, playing music, and baking. There are mouth-watering baking recipes in the back to recreate the treats Cupcake and Eggplant create.

Awards include: IR...

by Benjamin Renner. New York, NY: First Second, 2017

While foxes are typically cunning, it’s the chicks and chickens in this wonderful story who rule the roost. When Wolf helps Fox steal some eggs (his turnips are getting tired), he decides to hatch them, fatten them, a...

First of the series Dav Pilkey. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 1997

These graphic novels chronicle the adventures of two boys and their Principal (who unbeknownst to him is also Captain Underpants). The boys, pranksters, turn their nemesis into Captain Underpants and...

by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret. New York, NY: First Second, 2017

Cici wants to be an author someday and she starts with her journal. This book is her journal chronicling her quest to understand people and then write about them.

Told through sequential art, journa...

by Jeanne DuParau; adapted by Dallas Middaugh, art by Niklas Asker. NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012

Jeanne DuParua’s modern classic adapted as a graphic novel with dark sepia-toned illustrations for an underground, dystopian city feel. It’s a gripping adv...

First of the series. Anthology. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014.

A  fun comics collection from award-winning authors including Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Cece Bell, Nathan Hale, and others.

Each volume co...

(First of a series) by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. New York, NY: First Second, 2015.   

Scrappy Claudette is back as she, her brother, and her friend Marie seek to slay the dragon who ate her father’s leg. Wonderfully snarky characters.

Received starred reviews...

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