The 12 Best Graphic Novels for Kids of All Ages
There’s no shortage of benefits that come with reading, but getting kids to read can be a challenge sometimes. Graphic novels are a great option to introduce your kids to if you’re trying to get them to read more. The illustrations can help kids keep up with fast-paced and interesting plots and keep them engaged more than text-only novels may.
Here are the best graphic novels for kids of all ages!
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This creative story follows a happy-go-lucky Narwhal and her no-nonsense friend Jelly the jellyfish. Although they don’t have much in common, they explore the ocean together enjoying their love for waffles, parties and adventures. This book is a favorite among kids and the first of the Narwhal and Jelly book series. There’s even a new Narwhal and Jelly book coming out later this year!
Aron Nels Steinke
Mr. Wolf is a new fourth grade teacher, and this story looks into his classroom during the first day of school. While at school, Mr. Wolf and the students learn more about each other with their different personalities, go through ups and downs and even search for a lost classmate. This colorful and entertaining book introduces many great characters that children may identify themselves with as they read through the Mr. Wolf’s Class series.
Norma and Belly are two squirrel best friends who will do anything for a donut. After burning their breakfast, they come across a delicious smell which they find out is coming from a food truck selling donuts. They start scheming to get the delicious food any way they can, even though it won’t be easy! It’s perfect for young new readers, and a great choice if your reader enjoyed the Narwhal and Jelly series.
Cici is a twelve-year-old girl who recently moved from Taiwan to Seattle. Her grandmother, A-má, has her seventieth birthday coming soon and Cici wants to spend it with her. Since A-má is still in Taiwan, Cici signs up for a cooking contest so she can win the prize and buy her grandma’s plane ticket. But Cici can only cook Taiwanese meals, so she gets to work trying to craft a winning recipe. Follow along as Cici tries to fit in with her new friends, find herself and adjust to life in Seattle.
This classic graphic novel follows the story of Greg as he starts middle school. The novel is written in the form of a diary, in which Greg writes about school life, where he is one of the undersized weaklings in the hallways full of taller and meaner kids. Greg’s friend Rowley is also part of the not-so-cool crowd, that is until he starts becoming more popular and Greg tries to use this to his own advantage. The first of seventeen books from the hit series by the same name, this novel is a must read for tweens!
This story is based on New York City in the year 2000 and follows 12-year-old Alyssa who splits her time living with her dad in Manhattan and her mom in Queens. During the story, Alyssa talks about life as a middle schooler, boys, fashion and living in NYC. The tale then leads to the changes faced after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and realizing what really matters after such a tragic event.
12-year-old Henry Khoo is treated like a baby by his family. He can’t go anywhere without being accompanied by his older sister. But Henry is going to prove his independence to his parents: after a canceled family trip to visit his father in Singapore is canceled, Henry goes on a solo-trip halfway around the world by himself. This exciting story teaches kids about family and friend relationships with lots of funny and entertaining moments in between.
In addition to the normal struggles of tweens in their middle school years, sixth grader Raina faces many dental difficulties. After falling and injuring her two front teeth, Raina must face a long journey of braces, surgeries, embarrassing headgear and a retainer with fake teeth attached, which jeopardize her school social life. On top of all of this, she also deals with boy trouble, fake friends and more tween struggles. It’s an autobiographical must-read full of funny and touching moments.
High school friends Abby, Brit, Christine and Sasha notice their school, Hazelton High, doesn’t put enough effort into female health. Football seems to take priority over tampons, pads or even adults who will listen. The friends decide to start a revolution and make a change. This won’t be easy as they also deal with crushes, classes and school life. The book talks about menstruation, a typically-taboo subject, but also teaches readers about activism and friendship.
Nao has returned to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage and has decided to live in Himawari House. Here, she meets Hyejung and Tina, two girls who, like her, are looking to form their lives in Japan. The story follows the struggles of moving to a new country, as the characters miss their homes and struggle with their identity. This beautiful story teaches its readers the importance of friendship when times are hard and you feel out of place.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarret Krosoczka lives with his loud and loving grandparents. His mom is an addict who has been in and out of rehab most of his life, and his father isn’t in the picture either. Jarret’s childhood is far from normal, but his grandparents try to make it as normal as possible. In his teenage years, he starts putting the pieces together, understanding his mother’s situation and tracking down his father. Based on Krosoczka’s own life, it’s a profound story about children growing up with parents struggling with addiction who aren’t present.
After the murder of his brother Shawn, fifteen-year-old Will is looking for one thing only: revenge. He takes his late brother’s gun and heads to the elevator to find the person he thinks is responsible for Shawn’s death. During the elevator ride and with each stop, he encounters more people who might be involved and starts adding more pieces to the story. This thrilling tale is a page-turner that will keep you needing to know more!