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Graphic Novel Recommendations

The other day at our local library, we happened upon the graphic novel section. I'll be honest and admit that I am often wary of this genre because, while it can appear child-friendly, the content can often be heavy and dark. But my daughter has been increasingly interested in graphic novels, so I did a little digging (and asked for your help!) and am happy to share a list of graphic novels I can recommend! This is far from a comprehensive list, but I hope this gives you some great ideas. 
Here's what I've learned:
+ Some children - especially visual learners and reluctant readers - are drawn to these books far more than picture-less chapter books and they can become a gateway for further, deeper reading. My daughter devours these books, and I know she understands them because she can clearly recount the plot lines.
+ I can't emphasize this enough: be vigilant about unfamiliar titles and do some research before handing a graphic novel to your child. One quick way to research content without reading the entire book is by referencing the reviews on
Graphic novels for young readers:
Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton (ages 4-7)
+ Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo (ages 5-8)
+ Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House Books 1 & 2, adapted by Jenny Laird (ages 6-9)
Graphic novel classics:
+ The Hobbit, adapted by Charles Dixon (ages 12-17)
+ The Secret Garden, adapted by Mariah Marsden (ages 8-12)
+ Anne of Green Gables, adapted by Mariah Marsden (ages 7-12)
+ The Adventures of Robin Hood by Marcia Williams (ages 9-12)
+ The Iliad and the Odyssey by Marcia Williams (ages 8-12)
+ Les Misérables by Marcia Williams (ages 8-12)
Graphic novel Bible:
+ The Action Bible, illustrated by Sergio Cariello (ages 9-12)
For more mature readers:
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón (ages 12+)
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (ages 10+)
The Giver by Lois Lowry, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell (ages 12+)
The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I'll receive a small commission without additional cost to you. But, as always, check your local library first!