25+ Graphic Novel Recommendations for Young Readers of All Ages

“Graphic novels aren’t real books.” “Graphic novels are too easy.” “Graphic novels don’t depict more serious themes or issues.” “Graphic novels are just for boys.” These are some of the common misconceptions you hear when people talk about graphic novels. In reality, they can be a wonderful and well loved method of reading for many kids.


Graphic novels develop reading skills, introduce readers to longer texts, are highly engaging, and provide accessible entry points for all types of readers. Through the inclusion of text and illustrations, they are great for struggling readers, emergent bilinguals, and other students who may need more visual support when reading. There is truly a graphic novel for any type of reader!

The recommendations below are some of our favorite graphic novels that showcase a wide variety of topics and genres, and are great for all kids, from your most reluctant readers to your most eager book lovers!


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Elementary

Little Robot | Author/Illustrator: Ben Hatke | Publisher: First Second


One day, a little girl accidentally activates a robot that she finds in the woods. She can’t wait to have a new best friend. Unfortunately, big, bad robots are coming to take the little robot! It is up to her to save her friend and save the day.

Akissi: Tales of Mischief | Author: Marguerite Abouet | Illustrator: Mathieu Sapin | Publisher: Flying Eye Books


Join Akissi in her day full of mischief in this funny, adventure filled graphic novel. Kids will laugh out loud as cats try to steal Akissi’s fish, she bugs her older brother, and gets into trouble with her money, Boubou.

Where’s Halmoni? | Author/Illustrator: Julie Kim | Publisher: Little Bigfoot


Where’s Halmoni? is a beautiful ode to the Korean language and culture as two children search for their Halmoni, or grandmother, when they discover she is not at her home. While looking, they discover a new window with animal tracks covering the floor nearby. Sparked by their curiosity, they adventure into the window and discover a fantasy world of Korean Folklore, where they learn about their cultural heritage. This beautiful book is also sprinkled with Korean language.

The Tea Dragon Society | Author: K. O’Neill | Publisher: Oni Press


In The Tea Dragon Society, Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, discovers a lost tea dragon. Soon she starts learning about tea dragon care from Hesekiel and Erik, the tea shop owners. The more she learns about the art form, the more she learns about herself and others.

CatStronauts: Mission Moon | Author/Illustrator: Drew Brockington | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Oh no! There is a global energy shortage and the whole world is dark. Scientists need someone to go up to the moon to set up a solar power plant. CatStronauts to the rescue! Major Meowster, Waffles, Blanket, and Pom Pom set out on their most important mission yet.


Middle Grade

Allergic | Author/Illustrator: Megan Wagner Lloyd | Illustrator: Michelle Mee Nutter | Publisher: Graphix


A heartwarming coming of age story about a young girl trying to find the perfect pet! The only problem is that Maggie has severe allergies, which makes it difficult to be around most dogs. But Maggie is determined to work past her allergies and find a new puppy to call her own. Any child who has allergies will deeply relate to this book.

When Stars are Scattered | Authors: Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed | Illustrator: Iman Geddy | Publisher: Dial Books


This is the story of Omar and Hassan, two brothers, growing up alone in a refugee camp in Kenya. They spend most of their days waiting for water and hoping for food. Omar usually takes care of Hassan, who is nonverbal, until he is presented with the opportunity to attend school. School is frequently the only way out of the refugee camp and a chance for a better life. But is it worth leaving Hassan, his only family member left, every day? A true story full of struggle, hope, and love.

Witches of Brooklyn: What The Hex?! | Author/Illustrator: Sophie Escabasse | Publisher: Random House Graphic


The sequel to Witches of Brooklyn, What the Hex?! returns to Effie, a witch learning magic, in a new school with new friends. This heartwarming story explores growing up, including friendships, family, and becoming your most authentic self - all with the backdrop of magic.

The Cardboard Kingdom | Author/Illustrator: Chad Sell | Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


An adventure filled story of a neighborhood full of kids who come together to transform boring old cardboard boxes into fun costumes and a larger than life kingdom. With each chapter profiling a different kid, The Cardboard Kingdom shows the importance of community, imagination, and fun!