Empowering Graphic Novels Your Child Will Love​

Back in October, I talked about how graphic novels can build strong readers, especially for students who are visual learners.


Recently, I stumbled across a couple of lists of excellent graphic novels and I wanted to share them with you!



The first list includes many of my favorites including:

  • The Lumberjanes series (photo featured above), a funny and adventurous series about girls at an alternative summer camp. I love it because it includes queer and trans characters, many different representations of what it means to be a girl, and references to inspiring women in history.
  • Primates, which highlights three pioneering women in anthropology: Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. I’m already a huge fan of these women and the authors told their stories well.
  • Tomboy, a memoir about the confusion many girls face around gender identity and sexual orientation. I found it to be honest and funny. Not appropriate for younger students because of language and adult situations.
  • American Born Chinese, about an immigrant boy and his struggles with identity. Hilarious and poignant.


Another great resource specifically for graphic novels for girls is this list from A Mighty Girl. Books I can recommend from this list include the Amulet series, El Deafo, Coraline, and anything by Raina Telgemeier.


If you and your child are new to the graphic novel genre, ask your town librarian or the school librarian to recommend titles that your child would like. It’s a whole other world of excellent stories waiting to be read!​