7 graphic novels every kid should be reading | Articles

Have you heard the expression that a picture is worth a thousand words? Jump into illustrated tales of magic, mystery and adventure. There is a graphic novel for every mood.

Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite

By Ashley Spiers
Best for: 8 and under

Meet Burt, the ten-lined June beetle. He’s convinced he’s a superhero. The only problem is, Burt does not have superpowers. Unless flying around porch lights and wiggling your legs counts? When his friends face big trouble, only Burt can save the day!

Ciel In All Directions

Ciel book coverBy Sophie Labelle, translated by Andrea Zanin
Best for: 9 and up

This is the third book in a series. Ciel is a non-binary student in high school. Ciel’s besties are Stephie and Liam. Doing well on a big science project is one thing. Building a popular YouTube channel is another. But soon Ciel and their friends are wrapped up in a campaign for the LGBT Alliance. Anything is possible!

Giju’s Gift

Giju's Gift book coverBy Brandon Mitchell, illustrated by Veronika Barinova and Britt Wilson
Best for: 6-8

This is the first in a series inspired by Indigenous stories. A Mi’kmaw girl, Mali, is sad when her favorite hair clip goes missing. Is it lost? Mali knows it must be stolen by the pugulatmu’j (the Little People). They are tricky! And they’re the guardians of the land. Maybe Mali will get her clip back, but first she’ll have to escape an old giant.

Living with Viola

Living with Viola book coverBy Rosena Fung
Best for: 9 and up

Livy is the new girl at school. She has trouble fitting in. Then there’s Viola. Viola is an imaginary twin that only Livy can see and hear. Livy tries to ignore Viola, because she’s always judging her. Nothing seems to work, until Livy starts making new friends at school.

The Street Belongs Belongs to Us

The Street Belongs to Us book coverBy Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Illustrated by Gabriela Godoy
Best for: 8 and up

In 1984 Los Angeles, LatinX Alex is a tomboy who’s best friends with Wolf. That summer, machines turn their street into a dirty wonderland. Soon after, the best friends start a muddy block war and discover treasure. Can this summer get more epic?

Simon and Chester: Super Sleepover

Simon and Chester book coverBy Cale Atkinson
Best for: 6-9

This is the second book in a series. Simon is a funny ghost who writes mysteries. Chester is his human best friend, and he’s about to have his very first sleepover party. The pair go through the highs and lows of being a kid. But they’ll make it through together.

A Time to Be Brave: A Graphic Novel (Owly # 4)

A Time to be Brave book coverby Andy Runton
Best for: 7-10

Another forest adventure in the Owly book series. Owly and Wormy love being friends. They’d be friends with anybody. Well almost anybody. It’s hard to be friends with somebody you’re scared of. They’re scared of this new animal, Possey. But Possey only looks scary when he gets scared! Can they all be brave enough to be forest friends?

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