Graphic Novels


The Bad Guys
by Aaron Blabey

Ages 7 and up

My students and my own kids love them, and I'll admit that they have made me laugh out loud too. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are tired of bad reputations, and hatch a plan to turn it all around and become good guys.


Drowned City

by Don Brown

Ages 10 and up

With realistic illustrations and facts about Hurricane Katrina, this comprehensive overview of the storm and its aftermath doesn't shy away from issues like the incompetence, racism, and violence that took place. Appropriate for young readers, but still plenty for everyone to learn.



by Nidhi Chanani

Ages 10 and up

Priyanka lives in America with her mother, but longs to go back to India to see where her family came from. One day she discovers a pashmina in her mother’s closet that shows the woman who wears it the future, and these visions only further convince Priyanka that she needs to visit India.


New Kid
by Jerry Craft

Ages 9 and up

Jordan loves to draw, but instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in private school, where he is one of the few kids of color. Jordan soon feels torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. This was the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal!


Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series

by Nathan Hale

Ages 8 and up

What a fun series! The first one I read was #2: Big Bad Ironclad, but each book can stand on its own. The stories are nonfiction with a humorous twist. Very engaging and very informative about lesser-known characters in American history.


Real Friends
by Shannon Hale

Ages 8 and up

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. One day, Adrienne starts hanging out with a new group that exclude Shannon and make her doubt herself. This one became an instant favorite at my school.


Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

Ages 8 and up

I LOVED this book, and have a hard time keeping copies on the library shelf. Astrid and Nicole have always done everything together... but when Nicole ditches her for new friends at dance camp, Astrid decides that she needs to find a new hobby.


The Stonekeeper

(Amulet #1)

by Kazu Kibuishi

Ages 9 and up

Emily and Navin move to their great-grandfather's old home, which soon proves to be haunted. When a monster captures their mom and takes her to another dimension inhabited by robots, demons, and talking animals, Emily and Navin must navigate dangerous obstacles in order to save her.


March, Books 1-3

by John Lewis

Ages 12 and up

John Lewis shares his experiences as an activist in the civil rights movement, planning lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Violence and racial slurs make this book more appropriate for older readers. A remarkable firsthand account of courage in action.


Dog Man
by Dav Pilkey

Ages 7 and up

If you have an elementary-aged kid at home, it's likely that you've heard of Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. The books are a bit ridiculous, but kids LOVE them, and it's easily the most popular series in my school library.



By Raina Telgemeier

Ages 8 and up

A graphic novel list isn't complete without something by Raina Telgemeier! I had to go with Smile, her memoir about a serious injury that resulted in years of orthodontic treatments. She perfectly captures the awkwardness of middle school in this coming-of-age tale about confidence and finding real friends.


Science Comics Series

Ages 8 and up

A colorful, accessible, and fun series all about science! The first one I read was Coral Reefs, and it was fascinating. I enjoyed it as an adult and learned plenty, but it was simple and engaging enough for a much younger reader. The whole series would be great for future scientists!


The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang

Ages 12 and up

In Paris, many years ago, Prince Sebastian's parents are anxious for him to settle down with a bride, but he's busy hiding his secret identity as fashion icon Lady Crystallia. Jen Wang's story and artwork create a beautiful fairy tale about identity, friendship, and acceptance.