6 New Graphic Novels for Readers Ages 6 – 12 (2019)

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Do your readers like graphic novels? Remember to include graphic novels in regular reading rotation.

 

The visual format requires readers to make more inferences than in other formats which is just one of the reasons graphic novels are beneficial to a reading diet.

 

 

6 New Graphic Novels for Readers Ages 6 – 12 (2019)


Mr. Wolf’s Class: Mystery Club
by Aron Nels Steinke (ages 6 – 9)
MYSTERY
Hazelwood Elementary is full of mysteries. So the kids in Mr. Wolf’s class start a birthday and mystery club. First, they’ll investigate what happened to Mr. Green. Then Aziza’s frisbee. And also, if the girls’ bathroom really is haunted. Relatable friendship and school situations told in graphic format. This new series is VERY popular with growing readers.
Added to: The Best Graphic Novels for Kids

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anybwile (ages 9 – 13)
REALISTIC
The Crossover graphic novel version is a fast-paced read that packs a big punch visually and emotionally. Kids love Alexander’s lyrical writing and how he seems to just “get” the teenage human condition. (Hint: it’s messy and wonderful and complicated and real.) Basketball player and twin Josh narrates his life in quarters, just like the game he plays. He writes about missing his twin when his twin, Jordan, gets a girlfriend. He shares about getting into trouble when he hits Jordan in the face with a basketball. And he reveals the pain of watching his father as his heart fails. Don’t miss this coming-of-age story about a boy trying to figure out his life.

 


This Was Our Pact
by Ryan Andrews (ages 8 – 12)
A compelling graphic novel adventure filled with curiosity, magic, and friendship –as well as a talking bear, a map-drawing crow, and a special journey to the stars. Every year for Autumn Equinox, the town sends lanterns down the river to join the stars in the sky. Curious to know if this is true, Ben and Nathaniel, boys whose unstable friendship doesn’t bode well for cooperation, follow the lanterns on their bikes. Soon, they meet a talking fisherbear who is looking for the river, too. They’re imprisoned by a potions maker, make a daring escape, grow into a true friendship, and finally, learn the unexpected, magical truth about the stars. This fantastical experience feels real and wondrous, made ever more visceral with the dark blue and red color palette of the artwork.

 


Snug Harbor Stories (Wallace the Brave)
by Will Henry (ages 8 – 12)
Reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes for its hilarious, snarky humor, dive into the unforgettable everyday life of Wallace and his two friends, Spud and Amelia, whose personalities will crack you up! 100% delightful humor you’ll want to read again and again. If you love to laugh, this is your next book…


Stargazing
by Jen Wang (ages 8 – 12)
I adore the illustrations in this graphic novel about a new friend, jealousy, and a hard-lesson learned…Christine becomes good friends with her new neighbor Moon…They listen to music, dance, study, and paint nails. But, Christine gets jealous when Moon makes other friends. What she doesn’t know is that Moon’s unusual behavior is because she has a brain tumor. Stargazing is a valuable slice of life story that shows the ups and downs of growing up.
Added to: The Best Graphic Novels for Kids

 


Best Friends
by Shannon Hale (ages 8 – 12)
Hale narrates her life in 6th grade, focusing on her challenges and confusion with regards to friends and friend groups. She has to keep up with the right tv shows and music songs. But the rules keep changing and Shannon feels super stressed and anxious about it. The narrative felt laborious to me; I wanted some sort of resolution or arc quicker than it happened so it wasn’t my favorite.

 

6 New Graphic Novels for Readers Ages 6 - 12 (2019)

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