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Graphic Novels: Selected Titles for Children and Teens

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren and Megan Schliesman
© 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually by CCBC staff

This list recommends a range of graphic novels for children and teenagers, from superhero stories to stand-alone literary titles to informational texts exploring history, science, and more. Many of the books have been recommended in our annual best-of-the-year list, CCBC Choices. Many others were selected by our former CCBC colleague Hollis Rudiger, who paved the way in the CCBC's understanding of graphic novels as a literary form. Hollis developed the original CCBC graphic novel bibliography, "Graphic Novels for Libraries: Recommended Titles for Children and Teens," in 2005. That list, now outdated, was designed for libraries just starting a graphic novel collection. This list is intended to share ongoing CCBC recommendations. In deciding what to keep from the original list, we considered the book's current availability for purchase. Most of the titles on this revised list are currently in print.

The bibliography is divided into three main categories. Books in the Elementary School-Age and Older category have a lower age recommendation of 10 or under. Books in the Middle-School-Age and Older category have a lower age recommendation of 11 to 13. Book in the High School-Age and Older category have a lower age recommendation of 14 or older. The age recommendation provided is for the specific title listed. When a graphic novel is part of an ongoing series, we have just listed the first book in the series.

There are many more graphic novel bibliographies and resources available both in print and on-line. See the CCBC's Graphic Novels Resources page for more information.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


Elementary School-Age and Older

    Aguirre, Jorge. Giants Beware! . Illustrated by Rafael Rosado. First Second, 2012. 202 pages. Ages 7–10

    Aguirre, Jorge. Dragons Beware! . Illustrated by Rafael Rosado. First Second, 2015. 153 pages. Ages 7–10

    Bell, Cece. El Deafo. Amulet, 2014. 248 pages. Ages 8-12

    Bendis, Brian Michael. Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1: Power and Responsibility. Marvel Comics, Ages 10 and up

    Brown, Don. The Great American Dust Bowl. Houghton Mifflin, 2013. 80 pages. Age 10 and older

    Busiek, Kurt. Marvels. Marvel Comics, 2001. 216 pages pages. Ages 9 and up

    Duffy, editor, Chris and With an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus . Nursery Rhyme Comics. First Second, 2011. 119 pages. Age 7 and older

    Gaiman, Neil and Adapted and Illustrated by P. Craig Russell . Coraline. HarperCollins, 2008. 185 pages. Ages 10-14

    Gownley, Jimmy. Amelia Rules! : The Whole World's Crazy. I Books, 2003. 176 pages. Ages 7 and up

    Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale . Rapunzel's Revenge. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury, 2008. 144 pages. Ages 10-15

    Holm, Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm . Sunny Side Up. Graphix / Scholastic, 2015. 216 pages. Ages 9–13

    Holm, Jennifer and Matthew Holm . Babymouse: Queen of the World!. Random House , 2005. 91 pages. Ages 8-10

    Hosler, Jay. Clan Apis. Active Synapse, 2000. 158 pages. Ages 10 and up

    Irwin, Jane. Vogelein: Clockwork Faerie. Fiery Studios, 2005. 168 pages. Ages 10 and up

    Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. Dial, 2015. 239 pages. Ages 8-14

    Kirkman, Robert. Invincible, Volume 1: Family Matters. Image Comics, 2003. Ages 9 and up

    L’Engle, Madeleine and Hope Larson . A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012. 392 pages. Ages 9–13

    McKeever, Sean. Sentinel, Volume 1: Salvage. Marvel Comics, 2004. Ages 10 and up

    Petersen, David . Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. Archaia Studios Press, 2007. 192 pages. Ages 9-14

    Phelan, Matt. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster. Candlewick Press, 2013. 223 pages. Ages 9-13

    Runton, Andy. Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer. Top Shelf Productions, 2004. 160 pages. Ages 6 and up

    Russell, P. Craig. The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. Nantier Beall Minoustchine, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 10 and up

    Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. Scholastic Press, 2011. 64 pages. Age 10 and older

    Schmidt, J. Marc. Egg Story. SLG Publishing, 2004. 64 pages. Ages 8 and up

    Silverberg, Cory. Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth. Seven Stories Press, 2015. 159 pages. Ages 8-13

    Smith, Jeff. Bone, Volume 1: Out of Boneville. Cartoon Books, 1996. 142 pages. Ages 7 and up

    Soo, Kean. Jellaby. Hyperion, 2008. 143 pages. Ages 7-14

    Spiegelman, editor, Art. Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tales. Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, 2000. 64 pages. Ages 5 and up

    Spires, Ashley. Binky the Space Cat. Kids Can Press, 2009. 64 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Stamaty, Mark Alan. Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq. Knopf, 2004. Ages 5 and up

    Stevenson, Noelle and Grace Ellis . Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy. Illustrated by Brooke Allen. BOOM! Box, 2015. 127 pages. Age 8 and older

    Tan, Shaun. Lost & Found. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc, 2011. 128 pages. Age 10 and older

    Yang, Gene Luen. Prime Baby. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 64 pages. Age 9 and older


Middle School-Age and Older

    Abirached, Zeina. A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return. Translated by by Edward Gauvin from the French. U.S. edition: Graphic Universe, 2012. 188 pages. Age 12 and older

    Beyer, Ramsey. Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year. Zest Books, 2013. 272 pages. Age 12 and older

    Brennan, Michael. Electric Girl (Volume 1). AiT/PlanetLar, 2002. 160 pages. Ages 11 and up

    Brosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. First Second, 2011. 221 pages. Age 12 and older

    Brown, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 96 pages. Age 11 and older

    Carey, Mike . Re-Gifters. Illustrated by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel. Minx, 2007. 176 pages. Ages 10-14

    Castellucci, Cecil and Jim Rugg . The Plain Janes. Minx, 2007. 172 pages. Ages 13-16

    Eisner, Will. To the Heart of the Storm. DC Comics, 2000. Ages 13 and up

    Gaiman, Neil. The Books of Magic. DC Comics/Vertigo, 1993. 196 pages. Age 13 and up

    Gonick, Larry and Art Huffman . The Cartoon Guide to Physics. HarperCollins, 1990. 212 pages. Ages 12 and up

    Gonick, Larry and Mark Wheels . The Cartoon Guide to Genetics. HarperCollins, 1991. 216 pages. Ages 12 and up

    Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon History of the Universe, Volumes 1 - 7: From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great. Broadway Books/Random House, 2001. 360 pages. Ages 12 and up

    Gulledge, Laura Lee. Page by Paige. Amulet/Abrams, 2011. 188 pages. Ages 11-14

    Halliday, Ayun. Peanut. Illustrated by Paul Hoppe. Schwartz & Wade, 2013. 206 pages. Age 13 and older

    Hosler, Jay. The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters. Active Synapse, 2003. Ages 12 and up

    Kibuishi, Kazu. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train. Viper Comics, 2005. 192 pages. Ages 12-17

    Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin . March: Book One. Illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, 2013. 121 pages. Age 13 and older

    Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin . March: Book Two. Illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, 2015. 187 pages. Age 11 and older

    Long, Mark and Jim Demonakos . The Silence of Our Friends. Illustrated by Nate Powell. First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 198 pages. Age 12 and older

    Lutes, Jason. Houdini: The Handcuff King. Illustrated by Nick Bertozzi. Hyperion, 2007. 81 pages. Age 10 and older

    Lyga, Barry. MangaMan. Illustrated by Colleen Doran. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 125 pages. Age 12 and older

    Miller, Frank. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. DC Comics, 1997. 224 pages. Ages 12 and up

    Morice, Dave. Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology. T & W Books, 2002. 117 pages. Ages 12 and up

    Mucha, Corinne. Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense. Zest Books, 2011. 112 pages. Ages 11-14

    Ottaviani, Jim. Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists. G.T. Labs, 2003. Ages 12 and up

    Ottaviani, Jim. Two-Fisted Science. G.T. Labs, 2001. Ages 12 and up

    Phelan, Matt. Around the World. Candlewick Press, 2011. 235 pages. Age 12 and older

    Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. Zest, 2014. 255 pages. Ages 12 and Older

    Pyle, Kevin C.. Take What You Can Carry. Henry Holt, 2012. 174 pages pages. Age 12 and older

    Robbins, Trina. Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer. Illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh. Graphic Universe / Lerner, 2011. 96 pages. Age 12 and older

    Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. First Second, 2014. 317 pages. Ages 11 and Older

    Tan, Shaun. Tales from Outer Suburbia. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2009. 92 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Thompson, Craig. Goodbye, Chunky Rice. Top Shelf Productions, 2003. 128 pages. Age 11 and up

    Thrash, Maggie. Honor Girl. Candlewick Press, 2015. 267 pages. Age 13 and older

    Valentino, Serena. Nightmares and Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time. SLG, 2004. 160 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Vaughan, Brian K.. Runaways: Pride & Joy. Marvel Comics, 2003. Ages 11 and up

    Weaver, Lila Quintero. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White. The University of Alabama Press, 2012. 254 pages. Age 13 and older

    Yang, Gene Yuen. The Eternal Smile. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. First Second, 2009. 170 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. Illustrated by Sonny Liew. First Second, 2014. 158 pages. Ages 14 and Older


High School-Age and Older

    Abirached, Zeina. I Remember Beirut. Graphic Universe, 2014. 96 pages. Ages 14 and Older

    Anderson, Ho Che. King: A Comics Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Fantagraphics Books, 2005. 80 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Eisner, Will. A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories. DC Comics, 2000. Ages 14 and up

    Eisner, Will. Last Day in Vietnam. Dark Horse Comics, 2000. Ages 14 and up

    Eldred, Tim. Grease Monkey. Tor, 2006. 352 pages. Age 14 and older

    Flowers, Arthur. I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Illustrated by Manu Chitrakar. Groundwood, 2013. 154 pages. Age 15 and older

    Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colón . The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. Hill and Wang / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 133 pages. Age 12 and older

    Kim, Derek Kirk. Still Life (Tune: Book 2). Illustrated by Les McClaine. First Second, 2013. 200 pages. Age 16 and older

    Kim, Derek Kirk. Good as Lily. Illustrated by Jesse Hamm. Minx , 2007. 147 pages. Age 12 and older

    Kim, Derek Kirk. Vanishing Point. (Tune: Book 1) . First Second, 2012. 155 pages. Age 16 and older

    McCloud, Scott. Sculptor. First Second, 2015. 487 pages. Age 15 and older

    Moore, Alan. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman: Volume 1. DC Comics, 2002. 192 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. Last Gasp, 2004. 288 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Nichols, Travis . Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-to Guide for Punk, Underground, DIY, and Indie Bands. Flash Point / Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 138 pages. Age 14 and older

    Ottaviani, Jim and Leland Purvis . Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr's Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped. G.T. Labs, 2004. 318 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Ottaviani, Jim. Fallout. G.T. Labs, 2001. 240 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Rall, Ted. To Afghanistan and Back. Nantier Beall Minoustchine, 2002. 127 pages. Ages 16 and up

    Sacco, Joe. Palestine. Fantagraphics Books, 2002. 288 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Pantheon, 2003. 160 pages. Age 15 and older

    Shanower, Eric. Age of Bronze, Volume 1: A Thousand Ships. Image Comics, 2001. 208 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Sinclair, Upton and Adapted by Peter Kuper . The Jungle. Nantier Beall Minoustchine, 1991. 48 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Spiegelman, Art. Maus, A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. Pantheon, 1986. 160 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Spiegelman, Art. In the Shadow of No Towers. Pantheon, 2004. 42 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Talbot, Bryan. The Tale of One Bad Rat. Dark Horse Comics, 1995. 136 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Tamaki, Mariko . Skim. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2008. 141 pages. 14 and up

    Thompson, Craig. Blankets. Top Shelf Productions, 2003. 592 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Weinstein, Lauren R.. Girl Stories. Henry Holt, 2006. 237 pages. Age 14 and older

    Yakin, Boaz and Nick Bertozzi . Jerusalem: A Family Portrait. Illustrated by Chris Sanderson. First Second, 2013. 385 pages. Age 16 and older

    Yang, Gene Luen. Level Up. Illustrated by Thien Pham. First Second, 2011. 160 pages. Age 15 and older



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