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The Search for Graphic Novels

If you’re looking for some graphic novels to introduce to your classroom, the search ends here! Quynh is back to share her favorite kid-approved stories. -Ed.

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There are a lot of books in my classroom library but there could always be more! This month, I am focused on finding quality graphic novels. To be honest, I haven’t come across many that I don’t love.  My go-to resources for book recommendations are our school’s library specialists and the local bookstores. The kids in my class, though, are the true judges of the books.  If they like the book, they’ll read it, pass it along to friends, and then ask for the next book in the series.

Graphic novels can cover any genre you can think of, so they can appeal to any reader. Even classics such as The Boxcar Children and The Babysitter’s Club are not graphic novels. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is a graphic novel mixed with the pick your own adventure element. There are so many possibilities, so the reader can spend a long time on this book.  Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa revolve around princesses that are not damsels in distress. This was especially appealing to the girls in my class that generally do not read fairy tale books because the princesses always need saving. 

Here is a list of graphic novels that my kids are currently reading:

  • Return of Zita by Ben Hatke
  • The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa
  • The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
  • Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
  • Gator and Gabby by James Burk
  • Knights of the Lunch Table Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
  • 5 Worlds by Alexis Siegel and Mark Richard Siegel