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43 Graphic Novels for Young Readers, From Toddlers to Teens

These graphic novels will jump start your child's reading

Caitlin Flynn

Published on: March 10, 2020

43 Graphic Novels for Young Readers, From Toddlers to Teens

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

Toddlers and preschool

1. Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

By various authors

Introduce your little ones to favorite childhood rhymes, accompanied by modern-day comic illustrations from some of today’s most talented cartoonists

2. Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

By various authors

This compilation includes classics like “Puss in Boots” and “Goldilocks”, and a few obscure fairy tales that may be new to parents. Each of the 17 stories is illustrated by a different cartoonist. 

3. The Kickball Kids (My First Graphic Novel)

By Cari Meister and Julie Olson

Kyle’s team is preparing for the upcoming kickball tournament. Follow along as they practice kicking, catching and running. Discussion questions included at the end. 

4. Lily Lemon Blossom Comics series

By Barbara Miller

In Lily Lemon Blossom’s imaginary world, her dolls and stuffed animals come to life. The book series depicts her interacting with them in everyday situations and imparts values such as generosity and friendship.

5. Pippi Longstocking Comics series

By Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman

The adventures of everyone’s favorite pig-tailed redhead can now be read in graphic novel form. Astrid Lindgren (the author of the original “Pippi Longstocking” series) writes the text and Ingrid Vang Nyman provides the bright, bold illustrations. 

6. Hocus Pocus series

By Sylvie Desrosiers and Rémy Simard

Hocus Pocus, a mischievous blue rabbit who resides in a magician’s hat, goes on a number of missions from battling it out with a grouchy dog to returning a stuffed bunny to its owner. The “Hocus Pocus” books are mostly wordless and the illustrations have a retro feel.

7. Benny and Penny series

By Geoffrey Hayes

A brother-sister duo of loveable mice are at the center of this delightful series, which depicts a loving but realistic sibling relationship.  The comic illustrations are accompanied by simple text.

8. Owly series

By Andy Runton

Owly is a sweet but lonely little owl who craves friendship and adventure. The books are nearly wordless and rely on illustrations to convey important messages about hope, kindness and hard work. 

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