There has been a boom in graphic novels for the middle grade readers! These are just a few of our favorites! Come in and check them out today!
Graphic novels can be an area where us grown-ups feel like fish out of water! Is the content appropriate? How young is too young for a graphic? How can you tell which ones are right for your kiddo?
Don’t let these questions stop you and your kiddo from checking out the awesome comic books (or graphic novels, as we call them)! Just ask us! We are happy to give suggestions for every age. We have graphics offered in board book form for the very young all the way through adult graphic novels!
Check out these suggestions for kindergarten to third grade!
Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum by Wong Herbert Yee
Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
Owly by Andy Runton
Far Out Fairy Tales by Otis Frampton, Joey Comeau, Louise Simonson, Benjamin Harper, and Sean Tulien
Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley
Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata
Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Pets on the Loose! by Victories Jamieson
Beep and Bah by James Burks
I’m not much on realistic fiction typically. Living through upper elementary and middle school was hard enough the first time, right?! For some odd, quirky reason though, the realistic graphic genre has totally grabbed me. I get knots in my stomach every time a character hits an awkward spot and am cheering them on when they have a victory. The graphic format is just more powerful for me.
Real Life by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham is one of the best in this genre, by far. This should come as no surprise. This is the duo who has already blown us away with The Princess in Black series.
This new title though is one that unlike their fantasy series for early readers, lands us in the very real, very challenging topics of friendship, growing up, and finding your “tribe”. The friends who get you and have your back no matter what. Anyone who spends time with children knows friendship brings some of the highest highs and lowest lows. This book delves deeper into that from the child’s perspective. The anxiety, the fear of rejection and confusion surrounding why, the joy and peace of acceptance.
The story is actually a memoir written about Hale’s own childhood, revisiting the ups and downs of friendship, family, and change. As I read it, it brought back all the memories of the tumultuous nature of childhood friendships from my own childhood and the immense joy felt when you have acceptance and compassion.
The relationship between Wendy and Shannon is one I feel a lot of readers will connect too. Between family dynamics and mental health issues, these two characters are pushed apart but in the end, come to see that they actually have an ally in each other and are family, regardless of past hurts.
We love this flowchart of diverse books for middle grade and young adult readers created by Tracy Lopez for We Need Diverse books! We had to share! (LINK)
(Select any title to locate at the library!)
Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
Rain is not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
The Monster in the Mudball by S. P. Gate
How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Menagerie by Tui and Kari Sutherland
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Little White Duck by Andres Vera Martinez
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
Galaxy Games by Greg Fishbone
Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
Ambassador by William Alexander
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang
Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnaswami