What’s not to love when it comes to graphic novels? They’re a ton of fun and I’ve noticed that the majority of kids absolutely adore reading them! From Dog Man by Dav Pilkey to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, I am constantly being asked if we have some of the most popular graphic novels currently in the library. The kids get this look of pure joy when they find out that we do! Our graphic novel section is a well loved area and I enjoy recommending various books to eager readers. Without further ado, enjoy some of these great graphic novel suggestions!
For children in grades 5-8.
In this really fun and colorful superhero origin tale, thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance finds her voice! As a resident of Gotham City, nefarious criminals are constantly stirring up trouble and Dinah as well as her friends, Kat and Vee, are determined to make a difference. They are preparing for career week and Battle of the Bands at their school when odd occurrences like shattering glass seem to pop up whenever Dinah is around. As she learns about her emerging powers from her parents, someone with sinister motives begins to put her family in danger. It was so exciting to read about Dinah learning to control her powers and how to stop villains from the past!
For children in grades 3-6.
“When a talent show is announced to Olive’s fifth-grade class, everyone is excited. Olive has lots of friends and moves seamlessly among different peer groups that include karate-loving boys, a cheer-obsessed trio of girls, and a pair of friends who are aspiring magicians. No one, however, has invited Olive to join their group for the talent show, and her confidence wanes. While her friends are not actively excluding her, she suddenly feels adrift without a clique of her own. A weekend with her funky, green-haired aunt helps Olive decide that she will have her own act, without a group behind her.” –Kirkus Reviews
For children in grades 3-6.
“When a ‘Monster Apocalypse' comes to the town of Wakefield, some escape, others are ‘zombified,' and still others—Jack hopes—are in hiding. As a foster child, Jack has had his share of hard knocks, so he tries to take his situation in stride and with wisecracking humor. With a tree house refuge ‘that’s better-defended than Fort Knox, Stark Tower, and the X-Mansion combined,' Jack searches for sustenance, other living people—especially his best friend Quint and his dream girl June—and weapons to fight hideous monsters and undead neighbors.” –Publishers Weekly
For children in grades 4-7.
“A diverse group of neighborhood children use cardboard, tape, and other materials to create a pretend fantasy world…The chapters each focus on a different character and deftly build on one another. The art is bold and cartoonlike. Panels seamlessly transition between what characters look like in their makeshift costumes and how they appear in their imagination. While the tone is light, Sell and several contributors (each of whom is responsible for a different character and chapter) tackle serious issues, such as gender stereotypes, bullying, and divorce, that will resonate with kids.” –School Library Journal
For children in grades 3-5.
“Oona Lee’s older sister, Jessa, was their planet’s most promising sand dancer before she disappeared; awkward Oona can’t even control the sand figures she summons. Their planet, Mon Domani, is beset by cascading environmental crises, and Oona and her classmates are meant to help light an ancient beacon that may bring the galaxy back into balance. But Toki, a rival moon, chooses this moment to attack. In the chaos, Oona finds two allies—An Tzu, a fiercely loyal thief from the planet’s slums, and Jax Amboy, a sports superstar—who recognize gifts in Oona that she doesn’t see.” –Publishers Weekly