Graphic Novel Recommendations

Graphic Novels

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by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix 2012

Learning to navigate middle school, Cayla finds her place in the Drama club. Navigating a social life with two cute brothers is even harder.

NOTE: Telgemeier deals sensitively and maturely with sexual identity i...

Second Edition by Will Eisner. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books. 2013

Eisner tells the story of Fagin in Dickens’ Oliver Twist from Fagin's perspective. This book was written in response to Eisner's guilt after creating his character, Ebony, a young African-American boy...

Series by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. New York, NY: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2016

High seas adventure set in late 19th century and how siblings must work together to face all sorts of dangers and challenges from pirates, gangs, and more. A Margaret Ferguson Book.

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by Mary Sullivan. New York: NY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017  

A new dog, Frankie is adopted and Nico has to learn he's not the only dog in town. This is about fears of the unknown. fear of change, and all about what being a family really means. This is a L...

by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2016

A family moves to a strange town on the coast of Northern California because of Catrina's little sister Maya’s illness. This is all about facing fears (of change, death, ghosts) and coming together of family, f...

by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. New York, NY: First Second, 2012.

Claudette (an aspiring giant slayer) teams up with her friend Marie (an aspiring princess) and brother Gaston (an aspiring pastry chef) to break all stereotypes and expectations as they search to find...

by Chaboute, translated by Laure Dupont. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2017

While the original classic’s prose are cerebral, long and wandering, so too are Chaboute’s images. The story unfolds leisurely where the image framing and designs give light to the potent, of...

by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2009

This is an empowering story of reluctant but fearless 5th grader Barbara, who finds herself in the Principal’s office. This story though is about her fights and epic battles against giants and titans. T...

First of the series by Frank Cammuso. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2008  

Artie King just wants to get through Camelot Middle School without attracting too much attention but by second period he’s already tripped the principal by mistake and can’t seem to stay...

Adapted and illustrated by Rod Espinosa. Milwaukie: OR. Dark Horse Books, 2013

A graphic novel adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story told in beautifully illustrated panels of luscious, vibrant colors.

Grades 3+

by Stephanie Graegin. NY: Penguin Random House, 2017

This wordless picture book in graphic novel format tells a lovely story of a girl who loses her prized stuffed fox after bringing it to school for  "Show and Tell: Something Old; Something Treasured". It is taken from...

Series by Alberto Varanda. St. Louis, MO: Lion Forge, 2017

Originally published in French, this story is about a young boy who thinks and daydreams about about the nature of things. Whether he might fly, about fear, about immortality, but mainly just about life. Little...

First in the series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2009

This is a whacky series about The Lunch Lady who serves justice as well as lunch and is not to be messed with. This series mixes humor, mystery and action all through a...

First of the series by Scott McCormick and R.H. Lazzell. New York, NY: Puffin Books, 2015

 While the “family” in this book about families is a bit odd (Mom and her three talking cats), the book covers family issues like sharing, responsibilities, and consequences with h...

First of a series by Ru Xu. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2017

Blue, an orphan disguises herself as a newsboy. She loves the work but fears her secret will be discovered and she'll lose all she cares about. When she meets Crow (a boy who is also not what he seems to...

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