Graphic Novel Recommendations

Graphic Novels

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by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks. New York, NY: First Second, 2013

A graphic adaptation from the YA novel Voted Most Likely by Prudence Shen, it's full of unlikely friendships and nicely nuanced characters who bend and shatter stereotypes and expectations. 

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Series by Andy Runton. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2004

A largely wordless graphic novel series about the adventures of a gentle kind-hearted owl named Owly who just wants to be a good friend, a clever worm named Wormy, and a gluttonous but also kind-hearted ch...

by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. New York, NY: DC Comics. 2007

This book has wonderfully faceted characters who deal with trauma (one of the Janes survived a terrorist attack) through friendship and art - in the hopes of literally making the world a more beautiful pla...

by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Christina Weir. Portland, OR: ONI Press, 2012

While Dashiell really wants to fit into her new school, she just isn't like most girls. She just wants to play softball with the boys - and in the process turns her family, school, a...

by Jen Wang. New York, NY: First Second, 2018 

The story is set in Paris at the dawn of the modern age. Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone: he cross-dress...

by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. New York, NY: First Second, 2017

This is a story of friendships, cliques, and growing up. It has received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

Grades 3-6

by Victoria Jamieson. New York, NY: Dial for Young Readers, 2015

A coming of age story about twelve-year old Astrid finds she suddenly has very different interests from her best friend Nicole’s. This is all about friendship, perseverance, following dreams and finding on...

 by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto.  New York, NY: Scholastic 2018) 

This book is all about breaking expectations while having a blast and saving the day.  Charlie and August are friends. One is a brilliant inventor, the other a crack pilot. They also happen t...

Series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2015

Sunny has to go to Florida for the summer an live with her grandfather for a while and there’s some serious adjusting she has to do as she discovers it’s more living with him in in his reti...

by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. New York, NY: First Second, 2014  

Told in warm prose and exquisitely drawn monochromatic blue images, This One Summer balances nostalgic summer traditions with harsh lessons of life. It's about two tween girls, local townie tee...

by Emily Tetri. New York, NY: First Second, 2018

Tiger has a secret weapon against nightmares – a nightmare friend. Tiger shares her dinner with her Monster and in return Monster scares away her nightmares. Until one night when the nightmare scared Monster. Over the nex...

by Mary Sullivan.New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

There is only one word in this book, "treat" and it takes us for a wonderful spin on expectations, friendship, and treats. This is a wonderful exercise on how readers, artists, and all of us can have fun wit...

 by Ross Burach. New York: Scholastic, 2019

This book is full of warmth and humor as a VERY impulsive caterpillar can't wait to get out of his chrysalis and morph into a butterfly.

For all your impulsive, impatient kids who always ask "Are we done?" or "Are we there?" Th...

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