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Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

A Collaborative Book and Resource List Hosted by Granite Media / Educational Technology Dept.

Please add to the lists below any graphic novels you have found that are or could be of high interest to elementary school students. These suggestions will inform our collection development, book talks, displays, and library activities.

Our list is divided into seven groups. Scroll down to browse them, or you can click to jump directly to a specific group:


Fantasy Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9780545542562

City of Light, City of Dark

Avi

 Graphic novel that is about how a girl finds out who she really is.  She has the help from a trusted friend and magical tokens.

No

9781936393602

Cursed Pirate Girl

Bastian, Jeremy

 

9780810984226

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Deutsch, Barry

 Mirka lives in an Orthodox Jewish community called, Hereville.  She longs to fight dragons and monsters, but starts by fighting a monster that she later learns is a pig.  Funny and enlightening.

Yes

9781419708817

Explorer: The Lost Islands

Kibuishi, Kazu

 

9781554536368

Cat's Cradle: Book 1 The Golden Twine

Rioux, Jo

 

Yes

9781891830907

Korgi: Book 1

Slade, Christian

Wordless graphic novel about a magical community where the last surviving korgis live.

Yes

9780545210270

Ghostopolis

TenNapel, Doug

A young boy with a terminal illness is taken to "the other side," where he's recruited to help the dead fight against the forces of evil. Happier than it sounds.

9780545676472

Nnewts

TenNapel, Doug

 

9781582409115

Monster Zoo

TenNapel, Doug

 


Heroes Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9781401202552

The World's Greatest Superheroes

Dini, Paul

Collection of stories about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, confronting "real world" issues of poverty, hunger, and the causes of crime. Painted with a photo-realistic style.

9781616550547

Avatar the Last Airbender: Part One, the Search

Konietzko, Bryan

Based on anime TV series

Yes

9781401209742

Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil

Smith, Jeff

The story of a boy who has superpowers when he calls out "Shazam!" and turns into Captain Marvel

9780887769344

Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures

Torres, J.

Book has three separate episodes of Allison and her two sidekicks, Wendy and Dot.  It takes you from using a lamp with a genie who hates children to the Inca exhibit in the museum for a family picnic.  You will learn the identity of her super-hero parents. 

Yes

9781563895296

Superman for All Seasons

Loeb, Jeph

Superman's origins in Smallville- very Norman Rockwell

9781496505132

Attack of the Man-Bat!

Black, Jake

Yes

9781434291325

Catwoman’s Nine Lives

Manning, Matthew K.

Yes

9781434291318

Prisoner of the Penguin

Sonneborn, Scott

Yes

9781496505125

Scarecrow’s Panic Plot

Beatty, Scott

Yes

9781496505065

Darkside of Apokolips

Sutton, Laurie S.

Yes

9781496505088

Lex Luther’s Power Grab!

Simmonson, Louise

Yes

9781434291332

The Planet Collector

Sutton, Laurie S.

Yes

9781434291349

The Real Man of Steel

Sutton, Laurie S.

Yes


Historical Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9780547815503

The Great American Dust Bowl

Brown, Don

Stunning artwork highlights this fairly straightforward treatment of the 1930s Dust Bowl event.

9781596438736

Hidden

Dauvillier, Loic

The story of a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France, showing how the rights of the Jews were eroded, and how some escaped.

9781555917241

Trickster

Dembicki, Matt

Anthology of tales written by Native American Indian authors, some ancient, some modern.

9781419703966

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales

Hale, Nathan

Series of graphic novels set in various periods in American History: Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I- funny, packed with information, and kids love them.

Yes

9780761365877

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China

Liu, Na

A woman recounts her time growing up in the 1970s in communist China; interesting contrasts between urban and rural settings.

9781932386745

Mouse Guard

Peterson, David

 

Yes

9780374347017

The Wall

Sis, Peter

Graphic novels about what it's like to grow up in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.


Humorous Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9780375864476

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan

Eaton, Maxwell

 

Yes

9781597074872

Ariol: Happy as a Pig

Guibert, Emmanuel

 

Yes

9781603090155

Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power

Kochalka, James

 

Yes

9780553523744

Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster

McElligott, Matthew

 At Mad Scientist Academy the robotic dinosaurs come to life.  The story is filled with dinosaur facts.

Yes

9780062086945

Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Peirce, Lincoln

Complete Series List

Yes

9781480693296

Punky Brewster

Sellnor, Joelle


Literature-Based Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9780786848829

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel

Colfer, Eoin

 

Yes

9781596436008

Nursery Rhyme Comics

Duffy, Chris

Short comics based on Nursery Rhymes, Pre-K through 3rd grade

9781596438231

Fairy Tale Comics

Duffy, Chris

Short comics based on Fairy Tales

9781935179658

Hansel and Gretel

Gaiman, Neil

Retelling of the classic fairy tale, with some dark twists that may make it too scary for the very young, but delightful for the middle grades.

9781599902883

Rapunzel's Revenge

Hale, Shannon

Retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale in a western setting.  Positive messages and a strong heroine.

9781599900766

Calamity Jack

Hale, Shannon

A sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, it focuses on Jack and his attempts to reform.

9780763646448

Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur

Lee, Tony

 

9781596436251

Olympians: Zeus

O'Connor, George

Each book is about a different Greek god; there are similar series out there, but this is probably the best

Yes

9781608865314

Muppet Peter Pan

Randolph, Grace

Retelling of the Peter Pan story using Muppets as characters.  There are other Muppet comic book adaptations, this is by far the best.

 

Owly

Runton, Andy

Adorable (really) wordless books about an owl who makes unlikely friends.

9781614792260

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and sequels)

Shanower, Eric

Excellent retellings of the classic Oz stories, with fresh artwork and storytelling.

Yes

 

Bone

Smith, Jeff

The ultimate hero's question- in the form of a cute, shapeless litle guy with staunch allies and despicable enemies.

Yes

9780439895293

The Arrival

Tan, Shaun

A wordless "universal immigration story" told with abstract artwork, it manages to give the reader a feeling of disorientation that moving to a new country would give any immigrant.

 

The Lost Thing

Tan, Shaun

A boy finds a bizarre object on the beach.  Not sure what to do with it, he tries to understand it, and makes a friend in the process.

9780545418737

Cardboard

TenNapel, Doug

A single dad and his son are given magical cardboard; anything you build out of it comes to life.

9781596431089

Robot Dreams

Varon, Sara

 

9781616553449

Breath of Bones

 

Golem legend retold


Realistic Fiction Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9781416986126

Amelia Rules! The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff

Gownley, Jimmy

 

Yes

9780803740167

Roller Girl

Jamieson, Victoria

Reviewed by Vanessa Eyre on Granite Media.

9780545741651

Sunny Side Up

Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm


Science Fiction Elementary Graphic Novels - 2015

ISBN

Book Title

Author/Illustrator

Comments (Grade Level, Resources, Reviews, etc.)

Series

9780765324603

Laddertop

Card, Orson Scott

 

9781579890674

Akiko Pocket Size 1

Crilley, Mark

 

Yes


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