KCLS Recommends: Children's - Graphic & Illustrated Novels
Annotation:Nathan Hale combines history and comics. In this particular book the ironclad steam warships used in the civil war are central to his hazardous tale. Ages 8-12
Annotation:Do you like Lunch Lady or Baby Mouse? Maybe it's the illustrators you are looking for like Gene Luen Yang or Ursula Vernon? This is the perfect book for those who love all of the above and want a little taste of everything. Short comic stories by amazing illustrators on the topic Recess. Ages 8-10
Annotation:This graphic memoir is a touching tale of friendship, family and growing up deaf. Cece sees herself having super powers with her new hearing aid, like a super hero, but she still would like to fit in at school and in her neighborhood. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Dounia is a grandmother now, but once she was a little girl herself. She is finally ready to tell her granddaughter the secret she never told her son; her memories of Paris in 1942. Ages 7-12
Annotation:The Stratford zoo is not what you think it is at night. No sleeping animals but a wonderful performance of Macbeth. Accessible artwork paired with a hilarious adaptation of the well know play. Ages 10-12
Annotation:Tib has a birthmark on his face. Many of the kids in his tribe make fun of him because of it. Tib wishes for a new friend and he gets it in the form of a dinosaur. His new found friend also has a mark on his face and is a vegetarian just like Tib. Nobody believes that his new found friend exists. Ages 9-12
Annotation:A small mouse and his best friend, a giant flying robot, attempt to save the Earth when an evil Martian monkey and his mechanical creations attack.
Annotation:Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew have discovered a newfangled flavor--and it's even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It's pizza! And they won't be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won't be easy. There's a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest--and most dangerous--game of catch they've ever played.
Annotation:What's a chickenhare? A cross between a chicken and a rabbit, of course. And that makes Chickenhare the rarest animal around! So when he and his turtle friend, Abe, are captured and sold to the evil taxidermist Klaus, they've got to find a way to escape before he turns them into stuffed animals.
Annotation:A princess finds herself in danger, but with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned to draw well enough to escape from a dragon, save herself from drowning, and have her very own adventure, in a text in graphic novel format.
Annotation:A happy-go-lucky Bird and a cautious acorn-collecting Squirrel become unlikely best friends when Squirrel loses his winter stash while saving Bird from Cat, prompting a zany road-trip adventure in search of warm weather and plentiful food.
Annotation:The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.
Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.
Annotation:Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels—or mayhem—inside.
Annotation:Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Annotation:Hoping for some well-deserved rest during a sailing vacation on Little Beaver Island, the Flying Beaver Brothers are unwittingly embroiled in a turf war between the island's rivaling bird and rabbit populations.
Annotation:Initially thrilled when his mother tells him that he never has to clean his room again, Frankie Pickle is delighted with all the time he now has for all his imaginary adventures, but when the pile of clothes and debris becomes too much to manage, Frankie realizes his greatest challenge stands before him when he open the door to his closet and looks inside.
Annotation:The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.
Annotation:In this choose-your-own adventure graphic novel, a boy stumbles on the laboratory of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine.
Annotation:When Wendell begins to suffer from nightmares that threaten his sanity, Danny Dragonbreath teams up with a reluctant Suki to venture into the iguana's brain, where they encounter more subconscious monsters than they anticipated.
Annotation:Despite the fact that she swims with a teacup balanced on her head and stays north when all of the ducks fly south for the winter, Theodora believes herself to be a normal duck and makes a friend in Chad, who may be as eccentric as she is.
Annotation:A whimsical tale told in scrapbook style follows the haphazard efforts of a pair of best friends who resolve to conquer middle school, an endeavor that tests the limits of their friendship.
Annotation:When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.
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These titles require the reader to figure out how both text and images combine into a cohesive whole. Reluctant readers are often drawn to them, although the simultaneous reading of graphics and text is more cognitively demanding than reading text alone. Some of the titles on this list are in comic style, while other titles contain chapters alternating between text and images. For grades 2-6.