Comic Relief: Thirty-Nine Graphic Novels that Kids Can’t Resist

In recent years, comics have become bigger than ever. Now, well-established publishers like First Second are offering graphic novels, such as the Printz Award–winning American Born Chinese and the much-raved-about Anya’s Ghost, which stand shoulder to shoulder with the best young adult fiction. And smaller publishers, like Ape Entertainment and Top Shelf, are turning out lively works, such as Rob Worley and Jason Kruse’s “Scratch 9” series, James Kochalka’s Johnny Boo, and Chris Eliopoulos’s Okie Dokie Donuts. Goofy humor is also making a comeback. Need proof? Check out Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring and Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid—Papercutz’s hilarious parodies of, well, you know who…. There are also plenty of comics based on popular movies and TV shows, including Garfield & Co., Cedric Michiels’s fresh take on the famous cat, and Fraggle Rock, Archaia Entertainment’s spin on the Jim Henson-created TV series that features live-action puppets. And if your kids are begging for bestsellers, there are graphic novel versions of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, James Patterson’s Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard books, and later this year, Hope Larson‘s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time. The following 39 comics are titles that kids will actually want to read—without any well-meaning prompting from parents, educators, and summer reading lists. In other words, these are books that kids will read just for the joy of it.

Graphic novels are becoming more and more popular. If you’re looking for more information on kid lit comics, be sure to check out our other articles on KidLit TV.

Read more at School Library Journal.

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