July is “Graphic Novels in Libraries Month”!

Booklist magazine has declared July “Graphic Novels in Libraries Month”, and for good reason: Graphic Novels offer a way of reading that is enjoyable and accessible. Especially for children, graphic novels offer an exciting avenue into the world of reading.  Whether you (or your children) are brand new to graphic novels or have been devouring them for some time, the growing wealth of graphic novel titles means there is a graphic novel out there for readers of all tastes, interests, and reading levels.

While many parents worry that graphic novels are not “real” books, we’re here to assure you that they most definitely are. In fact, readers who enjoy graphic novels engage their minds just as much as readers of traditional text-only novels, and they take on the additional challenge of reconciling the information they glean from the text with the context clues offered by the images.  However they’re usually having so much fun reading they don’t even realize they’re doing the extra work of engaging both sides of their brains!

So in honor of “Graphic Novels in Libraries Month”, let’s take a moment to look at St. Tammany Parish Library’s top 10 children’s graphic novels and graphic novel series for summer, 2019. Whether you’re a longtime graphic novel enthusiast or brand new to the genre, we bet you’ll find something to love on this list!

Summer 2019: STPL's Top 10 Children's Graphic Novels

List created by STPLKidsMandeville

 

From the creator of Captain Underpants, after an accident gravely injures Greg the police dog and his human companion, a life saving surgery combines their bodies and Dog Man is born. Readers of all ages will love all of the titles in this hilarious series about a canine crime fighter and his outrageous antics.

Squish is your ordinary, every day, middle-school...amoeba. Drawing inspiration from his favorite superhero, Super Amoeba, Squish navigates his wacky family, friends and school while doing his best to defeat the forces of evil!

Making friends at a new school is never easy, but it's especially difficult when you have a gigantic hearing aid strapped to your chest! This funny, poignant, and heart-warming story recounts the author's own experiences after becoming deaf at young age. She discovers her very large (and very awkward) hearing aid "The Phonic Ear" allows her to hear the teacher anywhere in the building (even in the bathroom). With this ability, Cece becomes El Deaf, "Listener for all!"

12-year-old Astrid and Nichole have always been best friends, but this summer Astrid falls in love with Roller Derby. She goes to derby camp while Nichole goes to dance camp. As Astrid deals with the challenges of rigorous roller derby training, the loss of her old friendship, and entering junior high, Astrid realizes she is strong enough to face them all... strong enough to be a roller girl.

Big Nate is a self described comic genius of small stature and big dreams. At 11-years-old, he holds a school record for the most detentions in history, and he refuses to let anything get him down. This funny and mischievous middle school character is at once hilarious, ridiculous, and relatable as he deals with school, family, and friends in some very entertaining ways.

This graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's classic is not to be missed! In 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated before. Now, Hope Larson's beautiful illustrations add richness and depth to this beloved story. Follow Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin on an inter-dimensional journey through space and time to save their father--and the universe--from the forces of darkness.

This gorgeous graphic novel series goes beyond the story told in the popular video game. Follow link as he works to defeat evil forces that are trying to find Midna, the Princess of Twilight and the Shadow Crystal, an ancient artifact used to imprison a dark wizard's power.

Adapted from the beloved children's fantasy series, this graphic novel follows the story of Clay, a young Dragonet. He and four other Dragonets have been chosen to fulfill a mysterious prophecy that is meant to end the war among the dragon tribes. The first in an ongoing series, this beautiful adaption is not to be missed.

Whether you're a fan of fairy tales or a fan of comics, this new twist on old fairy tales has something to offer everyone! Classic stories like "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Puss in Boots" (as well as few lesser known tales) have been re-imagined by several of today's most popular cartoonists in unique and entertaining ways.

Get ready for underwater adventures in Bikini Bottom with everyone's favorite yellow sponge. The colorful and energetic illustrations and silly stories appeal to young readers, and are enjoyable regardless of whether or not they've seen the television show.

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