Kids love graphic novels and we’ve come to love them too. Keep your eye out for an upcoming post on the many benefits of reading graphic novels. In the meantime, check out some of these great selections for 3rd and 4th grade students. Bonus: these books are also appealing to older kids who may find reading to be a challenge.
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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Ben Hatke is one of our favorite authors these days. Maybe it’s because our 1st grader spent 45 minutes glued to Little Robot the first time he opened it and has read it countless times since. Or maybe it’s because Julia’s House for Unwanted Creatures captivated the entire family. Whatever the reason, the Zita the Spacegirl series is another huge hit from this creative genius!
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Cece’s memoir about growing up deaf is full of experiences kids can relate to while opening their eyes to the challenges that face deaf kids in a hearing world.
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
Hilo has been a big hit in our household recently. When DJ stumbles upon a boy who has fallen out of the sky, he and his best friend, Gina, must help him adjust to life on Earth and oh yeah… save the Earth from creatures from Hilo’s home world who are coming after him.
Comics Squad: Lunch! edited by Jennifer L. Holm
The second installment from the Comic Squad team tackles lunch time in all of its wacky, wild, and hilarious chaos. The Comic Squad books are a great way to explore various comics’ styles.
Fable Comics by Charise Mericle Harper
Twenty-eight fables told by twenty-six different illustrators. The mix of styles and interpretations is interesting and engaging.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Based on her real-life experiences, this memoir recounts Raina’s experiences dealing with the ups and downs of tween life as she undergoes a series of trying and embarrassing dental procedures (think surgery, head gear, and dentures).
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Another winner from the author of Smile and Drama, this installment explores the complex relationship between sisters.
Bird and Squirrel On the Edge by James Burks
The most recent installment of the Bird and Squirrel series follows the unlikely pairing of scaredy-cat Squirrel and happy-go-lucky Bird as they go on a road trip, escape Cat, and make their way home.
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso
This funny series follows Salem Hyde, an impulsive and independent witch along with her over-anxious cat, Whammy.
Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! by Stephen McCranie
Another unlikely pairing, this time Mal, a kid genius, and Chad, a talking dog. This humorous duo love adventure.
Soccer Longshot by C.J. Renner, Andres Esparza, Fern Cano, and Aburtov
One of many Sports Illustrated for Kids Graphic Novels, this series is highly engaging for our little sports fans. Check out the full list of titles here.
Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
I want to go to Stately Academy, a school filled with clues and puzzles. Students use their problem solving and coding skills to solve a big mystery.