Five Don't-Miss Graphic Novels for Kids

Seira Wilson on December 27, 2017

GraphicNovels.jpgWe've seen an explosion of graphic novels for kids in recent years, led by authors like Dav Pilkey, who's Captain Underpants and Dog Man series' have made readers out of kids who didn't think books were fun. 

In 2015 two of the Newbery Honor books were graphic novels, Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl and Cece Bell's El Deafo.  Both are now finding their way into school reading curriculum (including my daughter's 5th grade classroom), giving even more kids a way into reading though a format that works for them.

This year there have been several stand out graphic novels for young readers, as well as young adults.  The five books below are titles that may not have received the attention of the newest Dog Man, but are, in my humble opinion, all worthy of a look for anyone who has a kid who already enjoys--or might be interested in--graphic novels. 

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden

A children's book classic reinvented. And it works.  Marsden's graphic novel adaptation is a fantastic way to introduce L.M. Montgomery's spirited heroine to a new audience of young readers who might not otherwise discover Anne's adventures.  Ages 7-12

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Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
In the follow-up to Sunny Side Up, summer is over and Sunny is starting middle school. Navigating middle school is strange enough but there is still the matter of Sunny's older brother to contend with... Another winner from this brother-sister duo. Ages 8-12

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Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten

You may never look at your dryer--and especially the lint trap--the same way again. This wacky, wonderfully illustrated story of Lint Boy and his brother Lint Bear has a bit of a Tim Burton feel that is great fun to read. A good versus evil tale that speaks loads about teamwork. Ages 7-10

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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
In her first graphic novel, Chanani tells a poignant story of a girl searching for answers about her Indian heritage. A piece of magical cloth holds the key to bringing her two worlds together in a warm story of family.  Ages 10-14

*Pashmina is an editors pick for the top 20 Best Children's Books of 2017.

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Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland and Mike Holmes (available January 2, 2018)
Following in the footsteps of other popular series, like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the OlympiansTui Sutherland has adapted her bestselling Wings of Fire series for a graphic novels audience, kicking off the new year with book one. Ages 8-12

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