Chris's Favorites - Kids Graphic Novels

We are living in the golden age of graphic novels! If you're a fan (or your kids are fans), you know what I'm talking about. The quality of writing and illustration has just grown and grown, and the fact that a graphic novel (New Kid) won the Newbery Award this year for the first time ever is a testament to how far the genre has come. These are some of my favorite recently (and not so recently) graphic novels for readers 8 to 12 years old. Enjoy!

Class Act: A Graphic Novel By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062885500
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize.


New Kid: A Graphic Novel By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 


Twins: A Graphic Novel (Twins #1) By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338236132
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects.


Witches of Brooklyn: (A Graphic Novel) By Sophie Escabasse Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593119273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Graphic - September 1st, 2020

There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family.

A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends.

Could there really be witches in Brooklyn?!


When Stars Are Scattered By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

A National Book Award Finalist, this remarkable graphic novel is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.


White Bird: A Wonder Story (A Graphic Novel) By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
$24.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780525645535
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson! R. J. Palacio’s unforgettable graphic novel debut is a story about the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

SYDNEY TAYLOR AWARD WINNER • A NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Catherine's War By Julia Billet, Claire Fauvel (Illustrator), Ivanka Hahnenberger (Translated by) Cover Image
By Julia Billet, Claire Fauvel (Illustrator), Ivanka Hahnenberger (Translated by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062915597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - January 21st, 2020

“A shining story of a young girl who struggles to come of age and find her place in a world fraught with danger.” —Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth


Crush (Berrybrook Middle School #3) By SVETLANA CHMAKOVA Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780316363242
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: JY - October 30th, 2018

Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!


Superman Smashes the Klan By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781779504210
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: DC Comics - May 12th, 2020

Harvey Award winner for Best Children or Young Adult Book!


This Was Our Pact By Ryan Andrews Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781626720534
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: First Second - June 11th, 2019

A 2019 Booklist Editor's Choice
A 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
A 2019 Parents Magazine Best Children's Books of the Year


Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.


Dragon Hoops By Gene Luen Yang Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.


Snapdragon By Kat Leyh Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

Harvey Award Nominee, Best Children or Young Adult Book 

A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo


Queen of the Sea By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536215175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Walker Books US - April 27th, 2020

Queen of the Sea stands out as one of the most accomplished, even beautiful, comics of the year.” —School Library Journal


Goldie Vance Vol. 1 By Hope Larson, Brittney Williams (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Brittney Williams (Illustrator)
$9.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781608868988
Published: BOOM! Box - October 11th, 2016

Move over Nancy, Harriet, & Veronica. There's a new sleuth on the block!

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown.


The Nameless City By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.


Mighty Jack By Ben Hatke Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626722644
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: First Second - September 6th, 2016

Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever.


Zita the Spacegirl By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781596434462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 1st, 2011

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.


Giants Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) By Rafael Rosado (Illustrator), Jorge Aguirre Cover Image
By Rafael Rosado (Illustrator), Jorge Aguirre
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596435827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - April 10th, 2012

Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do?