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Jessica from Children's Collections March 10, 2020, 10:21 AM

Children Are Reading More Graphic Novels And These Are the Greats

Graphic novels are a popular format for getting children excited about reading and help develop important literacy skills. Oh, and they're thrilling! And while images of superheroes might be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of graphic novels, there are many kinds to suit every taste. There are histories, dramas, comedies, and more in the graphic novel format.

As learning tools, graphic novels challenge readers to interpret symbolism, body language, and fill in the action that takes place in the blank space between the panels, ensuring that they are engaged and that their imaginations are in full throttle.

The popularity of graphic novels is increasing. At Regina Public Library alone, circulation of children’s graphic novels increased in 2019 by almost 30% when compared to 2018. This could be in part because of the incredibly popular graphic novel series coming out right now. Dog Man, The Babysitters’ Club, Big Nate, Narwhal and Jelly, the Lumberjanes series, and fan favourite author Raina Telgemeier all had books published in 2019, and demand for their earlier works remains steady.

But what do you do when your child has read all the major bestsellers?  Luckily, there is no shortage of graphic novels to choose from.  Here’s a list of titles I am super excited about, and I hope your kids enjoy them too!

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

A modern girl finds out she is descended from a long line of witches that live in a different realm.

New Kid by Jerry Craft

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A graphic novel adaptation of Alexander’s critically acclaimed Crossover novel about basketball and family.

Shadow Island by Mike Deas and Nancy Deas

An adventure complete with magical creatures, a group of misfit kids, and the scary teacher chasing them across a British Columbia town.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

A hilarious summer camp story about trying to make friends and brave the outhouses.

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner

When A.J. pretends to be a vampire to impress a girl, he finds himself in big trouble when she ends up being a vampire slayer.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

A graphic novel spinoff of Sutherland’s incredibly popular Wings of Fire series.

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Even though they grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Christine and Moon are complete opposites.  A tale of an unlikely friendship with real emotional heart.

Catwad by Jim Benton

A grumpy cat and his overly optimistic best friend get into silly situations that are sure to make kids laugh out loud.

Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

A Black Canary teen origin story, written by the ever-popular Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries.


If you want a chance to win some sweet prizes by reading graphic novels, check out the Winter Reading Challenge. Happy reading!

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Jessica from Children's Collections

Natural habitat: Anywhere with books and tea. Favourite Authors: Rainbow Rowell, Mo Willems, Megan Whalen Turner, Julia Quinn, Jonathan Auxier

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