Over 15 Graphic Novels your Elementary School Child will Love

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This collection of graphic novels for elementary school children is the perfect way to find a title that will engage your youngest readers. But don’t be surprised when older children find themselves immersed in these titles as well.

And while it’s true that an engaging graphic novel is a great way to encourage a reluctant reader, don’t limit these delightful, visual stories to your reluctant readers.

Everyone will benefit from learning to use their brains in a new when reading a graphic novel, even adults.

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My children have enjoyed the graphic novels on this list, but please use discretion when selecting books for your own family.

Graphic Novels for Elementary School

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton is the first in a delightful series of Narwhal and Jelly books. Your child will learn fun facts while enjoying this silly series about two good friends.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. This title is also a first in a series of graphic novels about the incredible defender of justice, Lunch Lady.

Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm is the first in a series of funny graphic novels for kids. Join Babymouse in all of her hilarious adventures.

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey is a New York Times bestseller. This is also the first in a series of graphic novels that are sure to make you laugh. Dog Man is part dog, part man, and all hero. This series explores the themes of kindness, empathy, and other positive themes.

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington is a series of books written by a US Astronaut. Join the best space cats on the planet in their adventures outside of this world.

Squish Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. Squish is just your everyday grade school amoeba trying to navigate the world of family, friends, and school. This is the first book in a series of several Squish graphic novels.

Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton. This series is a sweet tale of friendship. These are delightful graphic novels for your youngest readers.

Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is a little darker than some of the other books on this list, so definitely use your discretion. This fantastic series does begin with the death of a parent so keep that in mind for your sensitive little ones. My kids continue to enjoy the Amulet series as they get older.

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell is a graphic novel in which the kids create costumes from cardboard and pretend to be superheroes. There are plenty of wordless pages scattered throughout the story with fantastic images that tell the story.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke features a brave, young girl who is determined to find her missing friend. This is also a series of graphic novels so your kids have several adventures in store as they read.

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke is another adventure story and this one has to do with an exchange for mysterious beans, just as you might suspect. Jack takes care of his autistic sister and they fight creepy plants in the alien garden that blossoms in their yard.

NOTE: This one is considered Young Adult at our library, so use your discretion.

BONUS: Don’t miss this story when Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl team up in this series by Ben Hatke.

Nathan Hales Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale are my son’s FAVORITE graphic novels. He loves these stories so much that I read Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood to see what the fuss was about.

Note: As I was writing this post, I noticed that a new Nathan Hale book is available for pre-order and I did just pre-order it.

The Boston Tea Party (Graphic History) by Matt Doeden & Charles Barnett III is one of the many books in the Graphic History series. The books in these series are perfect companions for your elementary student in your history studies. You’ll find US history graphic novels on topics ranging from Jamestown to the Constitution to the Boston Tea Party.

The Solid Truth About States of Matter With Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) by Agnieszka Jòzefina Biskup, Michael Kelleher, Cynthia Martin, and Barbara Schultz is one book in a series of Graphic Science books, similar to the Graphic History books. You’ll find topics ranging from ecosystems to electricity to the states of matter.

Happy reading!


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6 thoughts on “Over 15 Graphic Novels your Elementary School Child will Love”

  1. Ashley Tieman

    We are big comic readers in my family. My kids are 6 and 4 this past school year we read: 5 Tintin adventures, Chi’s Sweet Adventure, 5 of the Legend of Zelda manga adaptations, The Little Robot, Fairy Tale Comics, Ninjarella, Explorers: Mystery Box and Explorers: Lost Islands.

  2. Jenny Foster

    My 10 & 14 yr old daughters love graphic novels, thanks for the list!

  3. Lucero Rivera

    This is super helpful Mary! My 6 & 8 year old are on a graphic novel kick right now, this list is great!

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