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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.