Young readers like graphic novels, and these top-notch, diverse graphic books with people from various backgrounds are what you need to keep them turning the pages long after you’ve told them it’s time to turn down the lights.

Check out our graphic novel book lists for more reading options if your children like graphic novels a lot or are “reluctant readers” who prefer books with less text.


by Jen Wang

This tale was nice. Christine’s mother offers their guest home to a single mother and her kid, Moon. Despite their seeming differences, Christine and Moon discover they have more in common than they first assumed. Christine and Soon Moon discover a mystery that none of them had anticipated. Ages 8 and up.


by Jerry Craft

My kid devoured this book when I got it from the library and read it 10 times straight! I’m not shocked since, after reading it, I understood how complex this tale is. Art-loving Jordan, one of the few students of color in his seventh-grade class, adjusts to a new school. Even after many readings, there is plenty to learn from Craft’s narrative. There is now a follow-up! Class Act. Ages 8 and up.


by Katie O’Neill

This enormous graphic book series is an excellent place to start for children who like fantasy but don’t want all the gruesome, intense, and maybe violent action. The proprietors of a tea store, Hesekiel, and Erik, tell Greta, a blacksmith’s apprentice, about the history of tea dragons. There is a very entertaining guide to all the tea dragons and their care after the book. Ages 6 and up.


by Nidhi Chanani

This is a beautiful graphic book about a little girl looking for information about her ancestors. One day, Pri opens an old suitcase and discovers a pashmina. She is sent to a colorful India when she puts it on, where she meets an elephant and a peacock who serve as her guardians. In this wonderful tale of magical realism, Pri sets out on a mission to discover the answers to her problems. Ages 8 and up.


by Barry Deutsch

You ask, what is that? You’re seeking a graphic book about a Jewish girl who practices Orthodoxy and wants to kill monsters. You’re in the correct spot, I suppose. This book is very great. Mirka, who is 11 years old, has little interest in the traditional “feminine interests.” For instance, she knits horribly. In the book’s first chapter, Mirka tries to persuade her stepmother that God must want her to make errors with her kitting. You’ll probably agree with Mirka’s opinion after seeing the part knitting plays in defeating the horrible troll. Mirka gets into a struggle with a pig one day, but that’s only the beginning. No one believes her, and what is a pig doing in an Orthodox neighborhood, they all say. Ages 8 and up.


by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raúl the Third

You would not imagine that a space adventure and Chicano automotive culture would go well together. You’d be mistaken, however! Lowriders are a lot of fun and convey a positive message about cooperation and camaraderie. When it comes to mending vehicles, Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria make a wonderful team. They compete in a competition to transform a piece of trash into the greatest vehicle in the solar system. For my kid, who is beginning to learn Spanish, this was a terrific one. Kids may learn the Spanish terms sprinkled throughout the narrative with the aid of a glossary in the rear. Ages 7 and up.


by Aliza Layne

Young goblin Beetle, who wants to become a witch, is reunited with Kat Hollowbone, a former classmate. Beetle is unsure of how she feels about her friendships with Blob Ghost and Kat because of their friendship. But it turns out that Blob Ghost’s home mall is being targeted for destruction by Kat’s malevolent aunt. This fantasy graphic book is distinctive. Ages 10 and up.


by Julie Kim

This book is very lovely and distinctive! When two brothers go to their grandma’s home, they discover that their grandmother has vanished; instead, they find paw prints! They search for her, and what happens next is a wonderful journey based on Korean tradition. Their interactions with a rabbit, goblins, and the tiger divide the tale into several parts. While non-human communication is in Korean and human dialogue is in English, non-Korean speakers won’t have trouble understanding the plot since a translation is supplied. Do not overlook this! Ages 7 and up.


by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian’s parents seek a wife in Paris, while Lady Crystallia’s stunning clothes are made by ambitious designer Frances in another area of the city. Prince Sebastian’s secret ties these stories together. This is a tale of identities and secrets, relationships and family, being true to oneself, and finding acceptance from others. Ages 10 and up.


by James Otis Smith

Yes, there were several Black heroes in the Wild West, and this graphic book will show you their intriguing lives. Smith tells the stories of Bob Lemmons, a skilled horseman, Bass Reeves, the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi, and Mary Fields, a.k.a. “Stagecoach Mary.” You’ll be captivated by the tales, and Smith includes voluminous endnotes with fascinating historical background information. Ages 7 and up.

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