Great Graphic Novels

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Offering both visual and narrative elements, graphic novels offer multiple points of entry into a story, creating a deep and rich reading experience. Here are a few we really love!

  • Mimi

    2022 by Grant, Shauna J.

    The artwork alone is enough to make this one a winner! Join Mimi as she sets out to prove that just because you're cute doesn't mean you can't do anything and everything. Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Fitz and Cleo

    2021 by Stutzman, Jonathan

    I love this sibling/best-friend duo named Fitz and Cleo! I also happen to really love their feline sidekick, Mr. Boo. Join them as they eat ice cream, launch paper airplanes, and gaze at the stars. I think you will love them too. Suggested by Katie.

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  • Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms

    2022 by Terciero, Rey

    Loosely based on the ballet Swan Lake, this book is chock full of adventure, magic, butt-kicking princesses, villains, danger, and of course a heroic bear. I love this one! Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Baloney and Friends

    2020 by Pizzoli, Greg

    Baloney the pig and his animal friends are sure to delight kids and grown-ups too. Like Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books, this one has lots of humor, plus friendship woes and wins. Shelved in easy fiction, these books are perfect for introducing emerging readers to graphic novels. Suggested by Shelley.

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  • Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

    2021 by Nguyen, Trang

    This graphic novel is based on the author's own life and work as a conservationist. In the story, a young Vietnamese girl named Chang grows up to live her dream and is forever changed by her chance meeting with a Sun Bear named Sorya. It reads like a beautiful adventure story--and the illustrations make it magical. Suggested by Katie.

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  • The Tryout

    2022 by Soontornvat, Christina

    This autobiographical story puts you right into the heart of middle school--the good parts, and the mortifying parts as well! Honest, funny, and heartfelt. You'll be rooting for Christina the whole time. Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Invisible

    2022 by Gonzalez, Christina Diaz

    Told using both Spanish and English speech bubbles, this brilliant riff on The Breakfast Club touches on immigration, homelessness, and family separation. Suggested by Shelley.

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  • Simon and Chester

    2021 by Atkinson, Cale

    Simon and Chester are not your usual detective duo–Simon is a ghost, after all! It’s fun to follow along as these two super sleuths go undercover to solve the case of the mysterious pug. Suggested by Katie.

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  • Sherlock Bones

    2019 by Treml, Renée

    I love this strange and funny mystery wherein the "museum's greatest detective," who happens to be a skeleton, and his trusty sidekick, a taxidermied bird, must solve a dastardly crime. Can you solve it before they do? Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Peapod Farm

    2020 by Knisley, Lucy

    In this super honest graphic novel inspired by the author's own life, Jen suddenly has to move to the country to a farm with her mom, her mom's new boyfriend, and two stepsisters. Suggested by Shelley.

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  • Bake Like a Pro!

    2019 by Koch, Falynn

    I love the Maker Comics series because it takes a subject and makes it accessible through engaging plots and easy do-it-yourself instructions. Learning how to bake like a pro, fix a car, or build a robot can be right at your fingertips with these great books. Suggested by Katie.

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  • Swim Team

    2022 by Christmas, Johnnie

    This lovely, multilayered book is perfect for fans of realistic graphic novels like those written by Shannon Hale, Raina Telgemeier, or Jen Wang. Suggested by Caitlin.

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