Graphic novels are a HUGE hit in my middle school classroom. I cannot keep them on my shelves. Most of my students enjoy reading them, but they are especially valuable for struggling and disengaged learners as well as my students with special needs or who are new to the English language. These are age-appropriate novels so no one feels left out. Check out the list below to see what would be a great addition to your school or classroom library. This blog post contains affiliate links which are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
A story about Raina who falls and injures her two front teeth this results in a long journey of braces, surgery, fake teeth and more.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves drama but doesn’t sing. So she’s the set designer for the drama department. She is determined to produce a Broadway set on a school budget all while dealing with middle school drama.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina wants to be a big sister until she is one. This is the story of her relationship with her sister.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina’s younger sister, Maya, is sick so they move to an area that will help with her sickness. They find out their new town has ghosts, Maya wants to meet one and Cat does not.
The Babysitters Club Series by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin
5 best friends start up a business called the Babysitters Club. They handle any challenge life throws at them personally or in their business.
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi
Two years after her father dies, Emily along with her younger brother Navin and their mother move into her great-grandfather’s abandoned house. Their mother is kidnapped by a monster and the kids need to follow her to the underground world save her.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Astrid and Nicole have done almost everything together for 12 years until Astrid goes to roller derby camp and Nicole goes to dance camp. Astrid must deal with her friendship changing all while trying to keep up with the older girls at roller camp.
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry’s father has disappeared while doing secret work for the government. One night Meg, her brother and a friend are visited by three individuals who transport them through space and time on a mission to save Meg’s father.
Use graphic novels in your classroom to engage students in the reading process. This book report has students sell their novels to the class using a book talk format. Students will enjoy reading this non-traditional text type and sharing their thoughts about their books with their classmates.
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