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Graphic Novels for Kids

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 2:55 PM by Craig Jacobson

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More and more children’s graphic novels are being published every year (that are age-appropriate) and they can also be a great choice for reluctant readers since it combines texts with pictures!? Here is a round-up of some really good titles and series to check out that we have at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library!

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For Grades 2-4
Squish, Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm
“Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, "Super Amoeba," tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully.”

Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka
“The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.”

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
“Binky's blast-off into outer space (outside) to battle aliens (bugs) is delayed when he realizes he's left something behind--and it's not the anti-gravity kitty litter.”

Guinea PIG: Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen Venable
“Sasspants, a guinea pig, reluctantly agrees to act as a private investigator when Hamisher the hamster begs for her help in discovering who is stealing sandwiches from the pet shop's befuddled owner.”

Other series/titles to try:
Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

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For Grades 4-6
Secret Hero Society by Derek Fridolfs
“This inventive novel follows young Bruce Wayne and his friends Clark (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what's going on behind closed doors at Doomvale Academy, all before recess.”

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
“For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school- in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.”

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
"After the death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves."

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
“Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader, but one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth attached--on top of all that, there's a major earthquake, boy confusion and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.”

Other series/titles to try:
Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Bone by Jeff Smith
Doppel Ganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor