It’s back to school time. Time for pencils, backpacks, homework and… classic literature. Not only are the classics often assigned for school reading, but many of us return to them again and again for our own personal enjoyment. These classic titles hold enduring appeal for their memorable characters, universal themes, and excellent prose. Many classic works have also been turned into a plethora of adaptations for film, television, radio and more. The past few years have given rise to a new type of adaption: graphic novels.
The graphic novel format offers a fresh and beautiful way for new and experienced generations of readers to fall in love (or fall in love again) with some of these most beloved and enduring classics. By pairing stunning imagery with cherished characters and stories, the authors and illustrators responsible for adapting these classic often do so in a way that reflects their deep love and understanding of the literature. So whether you’ve read your favorite classics at least twenty times, or it’s you’re first time experiencing the classics, check out these graphic novel adaptions of classics available at STPL. They may just help you look at the titles on that school reading list with new eyes.
This list includes classic children's books as well as classic texts often found on teens' high school reading lists, which have been adapted into graphic novels.
Little Women is arguably one of the most adapted classics of all time. This graphic novel retelling preserves the original characters' personalities, but the story is set in current times. The characters face challenges and circumstances relevant to modern youth, including issues of race, identity, illness, and family.