I’m all about getting comics into the hands of kids. They help improve visual literacy, they give reluctant readers a boost of confidence, and they inspire creativity and encourage young artists and writers. I’ve had a lot of parents complain that all comics are just superheroes and they want their kids to read something else. Well fear not dear parents, here are five graphic novel reading recommendations for your little ones that don’t feature people in spandex.
This collection is made up of seven different stories all centering on the idea of hidden places. It’s interesting to get each creator’s take on a story taking place in hidden place and it’s an easy way to introduce readers to different authors and artists. Collections like can help you better understand what kind of stories and art styles your child may be interested in.
So I might be a little biased on this one, as Faith Erin Hicks is one of my favorite artists. Young Rufus gets sent off to his grandmother’s house for the summer. While exploring the woods behind her house he finds a totem in a hollowed out tree. Upon reading the inscription, “Sasquatch” Rufus turns into a Bigfoot.
A semi-autobiographical story about a young girl, Sunny, who is sent to live with her grandfather in Florida for the summer. In what could easily be a simple summer adventure, this graphic novel has a surprising amount of emotion behind it.
The classic Babysitters Club books are a lot of fun, and while I hate to judge a book by its cover they can appear to be a little dated. Cartoonist Raina Telegmeire (who you may know from her bestsellers Smile and Drama) updates these stories in graphic novel format for a new generation.