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 our middle-grade students. Bonus: these books are also appealing to older kids who may find reading to be a challenge.
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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Trying new things, growing distant from old friends, making new friends–this fantastic graphic novel explores common tween themes.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
The title says it all. The tween years are awkward and sometimes it’s nice to read about other kids who are also trying to figure things out (and making mistakes along the way).
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo
After her parents are taken to concentration camps, Dounia is hidden from the Nazis by a network of neighbors and friends. Touching and an age-appropriate introduction to the horrors of the holocaust.
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
After a series of tragedies hit their family, Emily and Navin enter a fantasy world in an effort to save their mom. While there, the kids learn that Emily is a Stonekeeper and essential to keeping the world alive. This intense series has some sophisticated story lines and themes.
Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks
An entertaining way to learn about the various systems of the human body.
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
When Sunny discovers that the grandfather she was sent to for the summer lives in a retirement community things aren’t looking so hot. Fortunately, she meets Buzz and has a great summer with him reading comic books and having adventures. The text is interspersed with a series of flashbacks that explore a family secret and the reason Sunny was sent to Florida in the first place. Spoiler and parent alert: Sunny was sent away since her older brother has become addicted to drugs.
The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley
After a series of unfortunate events things are not going well for Jimmy. A dumb idea not only helps him regain his popularity and score a date, but change his life forever.
Kristy’s Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
The Baby-Sitters Club is back! Some of the teachers I work with are more excited than the kids about this series.
Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman
A wonderful look at New York City and its transit system through the lens of Pedro, a kid who gets separated from the group during a class trip.
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Three friends work on a lowrider in the hopes of winning a big competition. Threaded with Spanish, astronomy, and Mexican subculture.
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue by Ian Lendler
When the zookeeper goes home for the night, the animals of the Stratford Zoo put on the play Macbeth. What ensues is a funny and kid-friendly take on a classic.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
For fans of Smile and Sisters, this hit from Raina Telgemeier explores some more mature themes.
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
Much is written about Helen Keller, but this fascinating graphic novel takes a closer look at Annie Sullivan, Helen’s tutor and life-long companion.
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
A wonderful compilation about women who have made major advances in our understanding of primates.