5 Great Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic novels can be endlessly entertaining for readers of all ages. They’re fun to read solo or in tandem. We love graphic novels for their dynamic images, engaging stories & timeless appeal. They can be read & re-read, each time the reader discovers something new.

Here are 5 great graphic novels to check out…

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Guts by Raina Telgemeier. Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin. Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up -- cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls -- you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.

Stargazing by Jen Wang. Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive and artistic. But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner. Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens.

Hi-Lo by Judd Winick. DJ and Gina and are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn't. Hilo doesn't know where he came from or what he's doing on Earth. (Or why going to to school in only your underwear is a bad idea.) But one thing's for sure-Hilo was running away from something--and it's about to catch up with him!

Valerie Schimel