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