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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Great Graphic Novels for Kids! | #GraphicNovelWeek

I mentioned that I was thinking about doing this video in Monday's Viewer's Choice, and pretty much as soon as it came out of my mouth I was like, yes. This.
So, I know it's a longer one, and I throw a LOT of information at you, but hopefully you'll find it helpful for your own children and/or classrooms -- or yourselves! There's no rule that says you have to be 12 or under to enjoy these awesome books!

Thanks for watching, and make sure to add your own recommendations in the comments!
And you can find more graphic novel goodness here!

THE BOOKS (including some I forgot to mention!):
(an * next to a title means there's probably a good educational tie-in opportunity with this story)

*The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue series
*Science Comics series
*Fable Comics anthology  (Not to be confused with Fables by Bill Willingham! That is NOT kid-friendly... haha!)
*Fairy Tale Comics anthology
Giants Beware series
Captain Underpants
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Bake Sale
(those last two straddle the gap between young audiences and older audiences -- use your judgement)

*American Born Chinese
Anya's Ghost
Friends with Boys
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
The Nameless City
Emma, Shirley, and others by Kaoru Mori

Zita the Spacegirl series
*The Olympians series
Rapunzel's Revenge series
Roller Girl
Robot Dreams
Compilations and anthologies (like Calvin & Hobbes, Bone, etc.)
Illustrated novels and graphic novelizations of prose books (lists below!)
Also, people always recommend books by Raina Telgemeier, but I haven't read them yet!

(You'll see some repeat titles across some of the lists -- that probably means it's a sure thing to look into!)
1) https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5038.Best_Graphic_Novels_for_Children
2) https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/12778.Best_Illustrated_Books
3) https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/85146.Illustrated_Middle_Grade_and_YA_Novels
4) http://mentalfloss.com/article/62202/10-great-kids-comics-early-readers -- good resource for early readers
5) http://goodokbad.com/kids/ -- this is a GREAT resource, with a printable list & explanations!
6) http://geekgirlcon.com/10-great-comic-books-for-kids-under-12/ -- a great one for shorter comics that you may not have heard of.
7) http://comicbooks.about.com/od/buyingcomics/tp/toptenkids.htm -- again, kid-friendly comics.
8) http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/08/15-great-new-upcoming-comic-books-for-kids.html -- good list of comics featuring recognizable figures, like Plants vs. Zombies, The Powerpuff Girls, etc.
9) http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels -- a list complied by the YALSA folks, so sure to have some winners (though keep in mind, these do skew YA)
10) And you can't go wrong with just about any book from First Second Books. They do have SOME titles that are definitely more adult, but for the most part, nearly everything they put out is, if not aimed directly at kids, very kid-friendly.

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