25 Must-Read Graphic Novel Memoirs for Kids


Graphic novel memoirs have been steadily gaining popularity and recognition in recent years. They have the unique ability to engage readers visually while sharing fascinating, personal stories. For children, these books can introduce them to new perspectives and life experiences while nurturing an appreciation for the graphic novel format. Here are 25 incredible graphic novel memoirs for kids that you should not miss!

1. “El Deafo” by Cece Bell

2. “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier

3. “Real Friends” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

4. “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier

5. “Be Prepared” by Vera Brosgol

6. “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamieson

7. “The New Kid” by Jerry Craft

8. “Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

9. “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier

10. “Stargazing” by Jen Wang

11. “Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust” by Loïc Dauvillier and Greg Salsedo

12. “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Note: This book is best suited for readers aged 12 and up)

13. “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang

14. “Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier” by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

15. “Becoming Brianna (Emmie & Friends)” – Terri Libenson

16. “White Bird: A Wonder Story” – R.J Palacio

17. “Illegal: A Graphic Novel Telling One Boy’s Epic Journey to Europe” – Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

18. “Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas” – Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

19. “All’s Faire in Middle School” – Victoria Jamieson

20. “My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder” – Nie Jun

21. “When Stars Are Scattered” – Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

22. “Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty” – Christine Heppermann

23. “To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel” – Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel

24. “Pashmina” – Nidhi Chanani

25. “Hilda and the Troll (Hilda Book 1)” – Luke Pearson


These 25 graphic novel memoirs for kids are not only entertaining but also educational, tackling various themes such as friendship, identity, inclusion, history, immigration, and dreams. Engaging illustrations complement poignant stories that will leave a lasting impression on young readers. Encourage your children to explore these remarkable books and witness the power of graphic memoirs!

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