14 Exciting Graphic Novels That Make for Quality Reading!

14 Exciting Graphic Novels That Make for Quality Reading! Cover Image

Kids, teens, those in between and adults – graphic novels are for everyone! With their engaging and colourful format – graphic novels can communicate far more than than you can imagine. Read on, check out this curated list of 14 graphic novels that your kids will enjoy!

The appeal of graphic novels is universal. Both avid and reluctant readers pick graphic novels with as much delight. Bright and captivating images combined with fast-moving plots provide for an enjoyable and dynamic reading experience.

But as parents, we often fret over whether these books qualify as quality reading. The truth is that graphic novels can prove to be an extremely effective way of communicating complex ideas and situations to kids. Also for younger readers, the ability to interpret information expressed visually, helps them stretch their minds and improve their reading aptitude.

Wondering which ones to pick up for your child? We have listed below some fun and engaging graphic novels that kids love and keep their parents happy too:

1. Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Graphic novel - Lunch Lady

Reading level: 2.2 | Average page count: 96

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

What does the lunch lady do when she isn’t serving lunch? The answer to this question is… fighting crime and serving justice. This series shows the adventures of the Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch as they work to serve justice and fight criminals to keep their school safe.


2. The Baby-Sitter’s Club Series by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic novel - The Baby-sitters Club

Reading level: 2.2 |  Average page count: 172

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

Another fun and exciting series by the bestselling author Raina Telgemeier, this series explores the babysitting adventures of four girls, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey and Mary Anne, as they work to navigate their school life and baby-sitting expeditions through their popular club, The Baby-Sitter’s Club.


3. Hilo by Judd Winick

Graphic novel - Hilo The Boy who Crashed to Earth

Reading level: 2.3 | Average page count: 215

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

Join Hilo and his two best friends, D.J. and Gina, as they unlock the secrets of Hilo’s past and defeat the monsters falling from space. This epic, action-packed story of friendship, adventure and mutant space robots is perfect for all children.


4. The Bad Guys Series by Aaron Blabey

Graphic novel - The Bad Guys

Reading level: 2.4 | Average page count: 144

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

The bad guys – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark want to make a change in their lifestyle. Follow them as they navigate the path from being bad guys to becoming good guys by completing missions and saving animals.


5. Narwhal and Jelly Series by Ben Clanton

Graphic novel - Narwhal

Reading level: 2.4 | Average page count: 64

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

This series features three funky stories starring Narwhal and Jelly as they explore their friendship, work together and use the power of imagination in their adventures.


6. Caveboy Dave Series by Aaron Reynolds

Graphic novel - Caveboy Dave

Reading level: 2.5 | Average page count: 256

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

Age group: 8 to 12 yrs

Tales of a young boy in the caveman era and his fun, wacky life as he goes about inventing crazy things, saving his village from animals and solving problems.


7. Smile Series by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic novel - Smile

Reading level: 2.6 | Average page count: 211

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

A series of autobiographical graphic novels, the books explore events and influences in the author’s life in a fun and entertaining manner. The series is about a girl’s struggle with braces, her relationship with her sister and her stomach problems and how she dealt with them as well as a teenager can.


8. Comics Squad by various celebrated authors

Graphic novel - Comics Squad Recess!

Reading level: 2.9 | Average page count: 149

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

If you are a looking for a laugh out loud graphic novel, then this series is perfect for you. Three hilarious books on stories about recess, lunchtime and detention that are sure to keep you waiting for more.


9. The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry

Graphic novel - The Yeti Files

Reading level: 2.9 | Average page count: 128

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

In this entertaining series, Blizz Richards (a Yeti) and his team of cryptids (other hidden animals like him) are always ready for a new case. They work to protect their own identities while maintaining peace by investigating secrets, travelling through time and fighting monsters.


10. CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

CatStronauts

Reading level: 3 | Average page count: 170

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

The Cat Astronauts are the best space cats on the planet. These 6 graphic novels feature their enthralling adventures through space as the four cats work together to save the world.


11. Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko

Kung Pow Chicken

Reading level: 3 | Average page count: 80

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

This exciting superhero graphic novel series features the adventures of Gordon Blue – the avian superhero Kung Pow Chicken – through his mystery-solving, crime-fighting, creature rescuing, time-travelling life.


12. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate Payback Time!

Reading level: 3.1 | Average page count: 200

Interest level: Grade 4 and above

A funky book series comprising 25 graphic novels, this set of books follows the colourful life of an 11-year-old who holds the school record in detentions. Middle graders everywhere can relate to Nate Wright as he struggles to navigate sixth grade and pursues his dreams.


13. Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe by Noah Z. Jones

Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe

Reading level: 3.1 | Average page count: 80

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

In the land of Fake-Believe, fairy tales aren’t quite as you know them. Join Princess Pink as she meets topsy-turvy characters from familiar fairy tales and discovers a whole new side to them. All that, while making new friends, defeating villains and escaping from giants.


14. A Binky Adventure Series by Ashley Spires

 Binky to the Rescue

Reading level: 3.3 |  Average page count: 64

Interest level: Grade 3 and below

Follow Binky the Space Cat in his wacky adventures through ‘outer space’ as he fights aliens, saves his humans, rescues other animals, investigates intruders and deals with space dogs.


Together, let’s make kids fall in love with reading!

Our young readers can pick from these or choose from thousands of outstanding fiction and nonfiction books including award-winning books from celebrated, international authors. And we will deliver them all to your doorstep. So let the fun begin! Look us up on BookGuruOnline.com

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