Graphic novels and comic books… You want them in your elementary library, but where to start? After all, some of the possible selections out there are definitely more appropriate for older kids. So we’ve compiled a list of graphic novels—and some graphic novel-esque picture books—for your elementary school readers, and maybe you’ll even snag a few of those non-readers too.
Amelia Rules!, Vol. 1: The Whole World's Crazy by Jimmy Gownley features a nine-year-old girl who has just moved from New York City to a small town, and all the troubles that go with being the new kid and trying to make friends. Amelia’s ever evolving relationships with her new friends, (G.A.S.P. or Gathering of Awesome Superpals)--Reggie, a super-hero wannabe; Rhonda, who has a crush on him; and the mysterious Pajamaman—provide the storyline for the next two volumes: Amelia Rules!, Vol. 2: What Makes You Happy and Amelia Rules!, Vol. 3: Superheroes. The comic book Amelia and her friends, with their mixture humor, insecurity, and charming obnoxiousness, seem real.
Joann Sfar’s Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! is a picture book with panels and dialogue balloons, but the humor makes it an amusing read for all ages. Bully Jeffrey is picking on Little Vampire’s human friend Michael. This cannot continue, so Little Vampire and Michael go in search of the kung fu master so Michael can fight back, but along the way he learns that fighting isn’t always the answer. Gross monsters, some with boogers (talk about kid appeal!) and some with kind hearts, pop up to help or hinder them on their quest.