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More and more teachers are implementing graphic novels into their lessons, as they are a powerful medium for storytelling across a variety of topics and genres.

From October 4–7, 2018, hundreds of thousands of comic book lovers, cosplayers, and pop culture fans will attend New York Comic Con, the largest annual convention dedicated to pop culture, entertainment, and sequential art in the country.

In celebration of this year’s convention, and in recognition of the many ways graphic novels can be used as powerful instructional tools by teachers, we created the following list of educator-recommended graphic novels for the City’s K–12 students.

While this list is not comprehensive, it is our hope that you will enjoy our selection of graphic novels, as there are some outstanding titles in here that are sure to excite, challenge, and inspire readers of all ages!

Elementary Grades (Grades K–5)

  • 51ijibevnfl-_sx258_bo1204203200_Bolivar by Sean Rubin
  • Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Giants Beware & Dragons Beware by Jorge Aguire, art by Rafael Rosado
  • Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier, art by Marc Lizano
  • Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman, art by Sergio García Sánchez
  • Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper, art by Raul Gonzalez
  • Ordinary People Change the World (series) by Brad Meltzer, art by Christopher Eliopoulos
  • Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux
  • Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim
  • Wordplay by Ivan Brunetti


Middle Grades (Grades 6–8)

  • 9781596437142.jpgBattle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Kellerman, art by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman, art and adaptation by P. Craig Russell
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
  • Lewis and Clark by Nick Bertozzi
  • Level Up by Gene Luen Yang, art by Thien Pham
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • Resistance (Books 1–3) by Carla Jablonski, art by Leland Purvis
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani, art by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon
  • The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers by Jonathan W. Stokes
  • The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale


High School (Grades 9–12)

  • 51xtr8fb2pl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Abina and the Important Men by Trevor Getz, art by Liz Clarke
  • Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of An American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Justin Greenwood
  • Becoming Unbecoming by Una
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, art by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings
  • The Lighthouse by Paco Roca
  • Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa, art by Sylvian Savoia
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Paper Girls (1–3) by Brian K. Vaughn, art by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson
  • Stitches by David Small
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, art by Jillian Tamaki
  • Tomboy by Liz Prince
  • Unflattening by Nick Sousanis
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Vol. 1: Unstoppable by Jeremy Whitley, art by Elsa Charretier
  • Waiting for Spring (Vols. 1 & 2) by Anashin

Have suggestions for other graphic novels? Let us know in the comments below!



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