18 Standout Graphic Novels for Elementary Kids

In recent years, graphic novels have gained popularity as an engaging way to introduce reading to children. With a perfect blend of visuals and text, these books can enhance vocabulary, boost imagination, and foster a love for reading in elementary-aged kids. Here’s our list of 18 standout graphic novels that your kids will love.

1. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey: A fun, offbeat story about a dog-cop created after a policeman and his dog are involved in an accident.

2. Hilda Series by Luke Pearson: Join Hilda on her fantastic adventures in a magical world filled with peculiar creatures.

3. El Deafo by Cece Bell: An inspiring autobiography of the author’s struggle with hearing loss and embracing her uniqueness.

4. Little Robot by Ben Hatke: A heartwarming tale of friendship between a lost robot and a young girl who helps him find his way back home.

5. Zita the Spacegirl Trilogy by Ben Hatke: Follow Zita on her adventures through space as she battles alien creatures to save her friends.

6. The Babysitters Club Graphic Novels by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin: A modern adaptation of the classic book series about a group of middle school friends starting their own babysitting business.

7. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson: A relatable story about friendship, persistence, and self-discovery set in the world of roller derby.

8. The Bad Guys Series by Aaron Blabey: Follow the exploits of four “bad guys” who decide they want to become heroes after getting tired of their wicked ways.

9. Mr. Wolf’s Class Series by Aron Nels Steinke: A charming series where kids can learn life lessons through humor-filled stories set within a diverse classroom environment.

10. Owly Series by Andy Runton: Sweet and wordless graphic novels that follow the adventures of a little owl named Owly and his woodland friends.

11. Cleopatra in Space Series by Mike Maihack: A thrilling sci-fi adventure series featuring a young Cleopatra who is transported to a futuristic world.

12. The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell: A colorful collection of interwoven stories about the power of imagination and creativity, set in a neighborhood where kids create an epic fantasy from old cardboard boxes.

13. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton: A quirky series featuring the adventures of a happy-go-lucky narwhal and his pessimistic jellyfish friend.

14. The Nameless City Trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks: An action-packed, coming-of-age story set in a politically-charged city with rich world-building.

15. Bird & Squirrel Series by James Burks: Lighthearted, adventurous tales about unlikely animal friends who brave challenges together.

16. Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir by Thomas Astruc: Join Marinette and Adrien as they transform into the superhero duo Ladybug and Cat Noir to save Paris from villainous threats.

17. Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series by Dana Simpson: A delightful series about Phoebe’s everyday trials as she befriends a magical unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils.

18. Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard: Join Maxine, a princess gifted with all powers imaginable, as she embarks on a mission to save her baby brother from kidnappers.

These 18 standout graphic novels offer rich storylines, captivating visuals, and unforgettable characters that will leave your elementary kids craving more. Happy reading!

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