Graphic Novels

Graphic novels aren't only for Wimpy Kid fans or comic book enthusiasts: All kinds of stories are now being told in this format, which mixes illustrations and text. Younger readers might like silly books about a superhero mouse or a wacky lunch lady, whereas mature teens can check out modern takes on classic novels, powerful historical fiction, and compelling memoirs. These illustrated novels are engaging both avid and reluctant readers of all ages with their powerful stories. We've selected our favorites, which are sure to wow the graphic novel lover in your life. And for more popular hits, try our list of the Best-Selling New Books on Amazon for Kids and Teens.

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Bink & Gollie Book Poster Image
Friendship flourishes in fun graphic novel for younger set.
By Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
(2010)
(2010)
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Little Robot Book Poster Image
Sweet, surprising story of friendship and courage.
By Ben Hatke
(2015)
(2015)
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Babymouse Series Book Poster Image
Quick, lively graphic novels pack in the positivity.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2010)
(2005)
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CatStronauts: Mission Moon -- CatStronauts, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Successful launch of fun series starring heroic space cats.
By Drew Brockington
(2017)
(2017)
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Dog Man: Dog Man, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Riotous, silly fun with soft touch by Underpants creator.
By Dav Pilkey
(2016)
(2016)
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Giants Beware! Book Poster Image
Fabulous medieval fairy tale with mighty girl heroine.
By Jorge Aguirre
(2013)
(2012)
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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Series Book Poster Image
A mouse and robot fight evildoers in fun graphic novels.
By Dav Pilkey
(2016)
(2014)
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Squish Book Poster Image
Cute, clever start to series from Babymouse authors.
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(2011)
(2011)
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Stone Rabbit Series Book Poster Image
Time-travel comic mixes cartoon mayhem, some learning.
By Erik Craddock
(2010)
(2009)
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Zita the Spacegirl Book Poster Image
Brave girl seeks missing friend in exciting graphic novel.
By Ben Hatke
(2011)
(2011)
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Bolivar Book Poster Image
Beautiful story of misunderstood dinosaur in big city.
By Sean Rubin
(2017)
(2017)
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The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Adaptation of sci-fi favorite a little murky visually.
By Jeanne DuPrau, Dallas Middaugh
(2012)
(2012)
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Earthling! Book Poster Image
Wacky space adventure for sci-fi comics fans.
By Mark Fearing
(2012)
(2012)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom Book Poster Image
Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2016)
(2016)
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Ghosts Book Poster Image
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
(2016)
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Book Poster Image
Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
(2015)
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Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth: Hilo, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun graphic novel about Earth adventures of boy from space.
By Judd Winick
(2016)
(2015)
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The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade: The Last Kids on Earth, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Fun, funny graphic novel plays doomsday for laughs.
By Max Brallier
(2016)
(2016)
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Lowriders in Space, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture.
By Cathy Camper
(2014)
(2014)
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Lunch Lady Series Book Poster Image
Wacky graphic novel series serves justice with sloppy joes.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2010)
(2009)
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book Poster Image
Funny, sarcastic graphic novels have layers of complexity.
By Dana Simpson
(2015)
(2014)
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Real Friends Book Poster Image
Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.
By Shannon Hale
(2017)
(2017)
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Roller Girl Book Poster Image
With girl power galore, graphic novel is great for tweens.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2015)
(2015)
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The Sand Warrior: 5 Worlds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Galaxy-spanning graphic novel adventure off to grand start.
By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel
(2017)
(2017)
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Secret Coders, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun, funny graphic novel promotes programming.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2015)
(2015)
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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
By Kazu Kibuishi
(2012)
(2008)
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The Witch Boy Book Poster Image
Sensitive fantasy graphic novel explores gender roles.
By Molly Ostertag
(2017)
(2017)
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All's Faire in Middle School Book Poster Image
Fun graphic novel about Ren Faire girl has great messages.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2017)
(2017)
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
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Cardboard Book Poster Image
Fantastic action-meets-existentialism graphic novel.
By Doug Tennapel
(2012)
(2012)
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The Cardboard Kingdom Book Poster Image
Kids make up own brave adventures in fun tale of free play.
By Chad Sell
(2018)
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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El Deafo Book Poster Image
Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.
By Cece Bell
(2014)
(2014)
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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 Book Poster Image
Gorgeous adaptation catches all the magic of original novel.
By Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
(2014)
(2014)
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Knights of the Lunch Table Series Book Poster Image
Boy uses brains, heart, and friends to stand up to bullies.
By Frank Cammuso
(2016)
(2008)
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The Nameless City Book Poster Image
Teens fight to save city in action-packed graphic novel.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2016)
(2016)
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Over the Wall Book Poster Image
Girl searches for brother in exciting fantasy graphic novel.
By Peter Wartman
(2013)
(2013)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
(2014)
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(2012)
(2012)
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Zeus: King of the Gods: Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fiery start to educational graphic novel series.
By George O'Connor
(2015)
(2010)
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All Summer Long Book Poster Image
Best friends battle summer blues in heartfelt graphic novel.
By Hope Larson
(2018)
(2018)
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Battling Boy Book Poster Image
Live-wire adventure offers something new for comics fans.
By Paul Pope
(2013)
(2013)
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Be Prepared Book Poster Image
Smart, funny account of summer camp discomfort.
By Vera Brosgol
(2018)
(2018)
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Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love Book Poster Image
Gripping nonfiction graphic novel brings Old West to life.
By Patricia C. McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack
(2012)
(2012)
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Drama Book Poster Image
Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
(2012)
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The Dumbest Idea Ever Book Poster Image
Funny, affecting memoir of growing up crazy for comics.
By Jimmy Gownley
(2014)
(2014)
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth Book Poster Image
Epic, adventurous, romantic, fantastic graphic novel.
By Isabel Greenberg
(2014)
(2013)
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Fish Girl Book Poster Image
Mermaid tries to escape captivity in gorgeous graphic novel.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2017)
(2017)
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Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Book Poster Image
Wacky, action-packed camp adventures promote girl power.
By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters
(2016)
(2015)
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Pashmina Book Poster Image
Big-hearted graphic novel explores Indian culture.
By Nidhi Chanani
(2017)
(2017)
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Smile Book Poster Image
Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2011)
(2010)
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Sunny Side Up Book Poster Image
Funny, moving graphic novel takes on teen substance abuse.
By Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm
(2015)
(2015)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant Book Poster Image
Delightful romp has swashbuckling action, powerful female.
By Tony Cliff
(2013)
(2013)
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Foiled Book Poster Image
Girl fencer fights monsters in clever fantasy graphic novel.
By Jane Yolen
(2011)
(2010)
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Out from Boneville: Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Now-classic comics saga gets off to a rousing start.
By Jeff Smith
(2017)
(2005)
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The Secret of Danger Point: Surfside Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sunny summer mystery has a touch of the supernatural.
By Kim Dwinell
(2017)
(2017)
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Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
(2013)
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Friends with Boys Book Poster Image
Charming tale of high school jitters, with a ghostly twist.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2012)
(2012)
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The Great American Dust Bowl Book Poster Image
Evocative illustrated nonfiction, great for history buffs.
By Don Brown
(2013)
(2013)
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In Real Life Book Poster Image
Fun graphic novel about gamers makes strong political point.
By Cory Doctorow
(2014)
(2014)
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Legend: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Graphic adaptation of popular sci-fi novel seems oddly flat.
By Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon
(2015)
(2015)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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Piper Book Poster Image
Dark, violent retelling of creepy legend has gorgeous art.
By Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg
(2017)
(2017)
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The Shadow Hero Book Poster Image
Exciting take on a forgotten Asian-American superhero.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2014)
(2014)
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Shattered Warrior Book Poster Image
Exciting tale of resisting alien invaders has romance, too.
By Sharon Shinn
(2017)
(2017)
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Wires and Nerve: The Lunar Chronicles Series, Vol. 1 Book Poster Image
Tough female droid fuels fun Lunar Chronicles graphic novel.
By Marissa Meyer
(2017)
(2017)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2007)
(2006)
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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Book Poster Image
Intense nonfiction graphic novel chronicles 2005 disaster.
By Don Brown
(2015)
(2015)
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Honor Girl Book Poster Image
Absorbing, bittersweet, same-sex camp romance.
By Maggie Thrash
(2015)
(2015)
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Marzi Book Poster Image
Sensitive graphic-novel memoir of '80s Polish childhood.
By Marzena Sowa
(2011)
(2011)
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Nimona Book Poster Image
Brash shape-shifting hero soars in graphic-novel fantasy.
By Noelle Stevenson
(2015)
(2015)
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Paper Girls, Volume 1 Book Poster Image
Female newsies face aliens in fun sci-fi adventure.
By Brian K. Vaughan
(2016)
(2015)
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Scott Pilgrim Series Book Poster Image
Slacker turns hero for his gal in quirky graphic novels.
By Bryan Lee O'Malley
(2010)
(2004)
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This One Summer Book Poster Image
Well-observed graphic novel charts transition to adolesence.
By Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
(2014)
(2014)
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Beowulf Book Poster Image
Ancient Saxon saga in graphic novel form. Good but gory.
By Gareth Hinds
(2007)
(2007)
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Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey Book Poster Image
Clever, heartfelt graphic memoir great for girls and boys.
By Ozge Samanci
(2015)
(2015)
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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Book Poster Image
Intense, stellar adaptation of classic sci-fi/fantasy novel.
By Damian Duffy
(2017)
(2017)
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Monster: A Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking adaptation of classic coming-of-age novel.
By Walter Dean Myers, Guy A Sims
(2015)
(2015)
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Speak: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Hard-hitting tale of sexual assault and its aftermath.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2018)
(2018)
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Spinning Book Poster Image
Frank, sensitive coming-of-age tale of young lesbian skater.
By Tillie Walden
(2017)
(2017)
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A.D.D. (Adolescent Demo Division) Book Poster Image
Sharp critique of gamer culture told as sci-fi story.
By Douglas Rushkoff
(2012)
(2012)
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Watchmen Book Poster Image
Retired heroes fight to save themselves in gritty classic.
By Alan Moore
(2009)
(1995)
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