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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Reading Graphic Novels with Kids
Graphic novels for elementary school children are certainly a great way to encourage reluctant readers, but they are also a fantastic choice for readers of all levels. Kids of all ages will enjoy delightful artwork paired with well-crafted stories.
In addition, graphic novels are a wonderful way to discuss literary elements with your children including plot arc, opening hooks, mood, and more.
Graphic Novels for Elementary School
Check out some of our top choices for the elementary school crew.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton
“Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties, and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.“
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
“Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!”
This is a sweet and simple story of a lost robot who is befriended by a little girl. She takes care of the robot and helps create a circle of robot friends for both of them.
I am a fan of Ben Hatke’s work and this delightful tale didn’t disappoint. The book is practically wordless so it is an excellent option for even early readers. The story is told through images and lots of onomatopoeia (words that make sounds). I believe your elementary school-aged child will enjoy this sweet story.
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?
Babymouse: Queen of the World
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of the World, a graphic novel with attitude!
Dog Man 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.
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CatStronauts: Mission Moon
The CatStronunts books are 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
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
This series is a sweet tale of friendship. These are delightful graphic novels for your youngest readers.
The Dam Keeper
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
This children’s graphic novel surprised me with its gorgeous artwork. The scenes are beautiful with strong images of light and dark. It also surprised me how creepy these illustrations and the story might be for sensitive kids. Be sure to preview this book if you want to give it to a younger or sensitive child.
Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper
The Amulet books are a little darker than some of the other books on this list, so definitely use your discretion. Book one begins with the death of a parent so keep that in mind for your sensitive little ones, but the series is a fantastic fantasy adventure that my kids continued to enjoy even as they got older.
The Cardboard Kingdom
The Cardboard Kingdom is a graphic novel in which the kids create costumes from cardboard and pretend to be superheroes. Each child in the neighborhood has their own story while there is also a story that includes everyone. There are plenty of wordless pages scattered throughout the story with fantastic images that tell the story.
Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl features a brave, young girl who is determined to find her missing friend. Along the way, she encounters a variety of alien friends who make this story even more delightful. This is also a series of graphic novels so your kids have several adventures in store as they read.
Mighty Jack 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.
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl
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
This is the first book in the Hazardous Tales series. My boys love every single book in this series and the first one is a great place to start. You’ll meet all three characters who will continue to appear in future stories as the narrators. We love these stories so much that we own every book in the series.
The Boston Tea Party (Graphic History)
Matt Doeden & Charles Barnett III
This book 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
Agnieszka Jòzefina Biskup, Michael Kelleher, Cynthia Martin, and Barbara Schultz
The Solid Truth About States of Matter 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.
Online Graphic Novel Book Clubs for Kids
I’d love to have your child join me for weekly discussions in my graphic novel book clubs. You’ll find options for 8-10 year old and 11-13 year olds.
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