Graphic Novels from A to Z
Many teachers are turning to comic books as a tool to develop reading skills as well as a deeper love for reading.
This final collection has some Young Adult (YA) graphic novels that are not Manga (I didn’t cover Manga simply because I haven’t read any. My son is not old enough yet). From gritty to fantasy, YA graphic novels cover the gamut.
Thank you for reading my collection of posts covering the ABCs of graphic novels. You must love graphic novels too!
Day 1: ABCs of Graphic Novels, A-E
Day 2: ABCs of Graphic Novels, F-J
Day 3: ABCs of Graphic Novels, K-O
Day 4: ABCs of Graphic Novels: P-T
Day 5: ABCs of Graphic Novels: U-Z
U is for Underpants. Captain Underpants that is! And now there is Super Diaper Baby too!
V is for Vendetta by David Lloyd for grades 9 and up. A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. The perfect graphic novel for Hunger Games fans!
W is for surviving in the wilderness. The True Story: The Lost Trail, Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness by Donn Fendler with Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Ben Bishop. The perfect realistic (because it’s a true story!) graphic novel for boys who liked The Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain. This is a perfect book for anyone who has been to Newport, Maine. Bonus points for knowing where Sebasticook Lake is. Donn, as a 12-year-old boy scout, spent nine days alone in the wilderness, struggling to survive with no supplies or weapons.
X is for eXtinct. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay reads like an epic adventure from Greek mythology or King Arthur. The story begins with the last dragon emerging two hundred years later from when the dragons were thought to be destroyed in a group of islands known as Dragonfield (but remind me of Olde England) and it must be destroyed before it consumes the people of Meddlesome. A hero is required and two emerge. Lancot, a hero for hire, and Tansy, the daughter of an herbal healer. [young adult, but appropriate for grades 5 and up]
Y is for Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri. A gritty inner-city graphic novel, it tells the true story of author G. Neri’s classmate, Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, and his descent into gang warfare and an early death. Consider this a graphic novel version of Scared Straight.
Z is for Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework by Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler. Zig and Wikki are aliens so that instantly makes this book appealing for boys. Also Z is for Zombies. Did you know there is a Hardy Boys graphic novel series?
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More great posts from the Kid Bloggers Network on THE ABC’S OF…
- Books for Preschoolers from Mommy and Me Book Club
- Building a Home Library from Ready Set Read!
- Early Language Learning from Playting with Words 365
- Early Literacy from Playdough to Plato
- Exploring Books from JDaniel4’s Mom
- Graphic Novels from Pragmatic Mom
- Learning to Read Through Play from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Learning to Write from NurtureStore
- Reading Comprehension for Pre K-Grade 1 from The Wise Owl Factory
- Storytelling from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
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