If your child enjoys reading and looking at illustrations, it’s a great way to introduce the fun of reading children’s graphic novels or comics. Below are twelve of the best in the genre that your child might love.
1. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)
Even without text, the illustrations tell a heartwarming story of an immigrant’s struggles in an imaginary world. The comics aims to portray the difficult life of immigrants in a way that children will understand.
2. El Deafo by Cece Bell (2014)
Cece moves into a new class where all her classmates are curious about her unusual hearing aid. The story will introduce your child to the struggles of children with disabilities.
3. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly (2017)
See Iraq in a different light before the devastating conflicts of recent times has placed the country in a bad light. The comics shows a different side of Iraq and introduces its rich history.
4. Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Explore life as a robot in this heartwarming story of Little Robot and his friends. Kids younger than 5 years will also enjoy this volume because it’s easy to read.
5. Flight, Edited by Kazu Kibushi
This comic anthology features several different stories in a total of eight volumes. Your child might love the beautiful illustrations in this series.
6. Hereville 2: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch (2012)
This sequel to the Mirka series features a delightful story of Mirka and a meteor that has been turned into her twin because of an evil witch.
7. Laika by Nick Abadzis (2007)
Inspired by the real-life dog named Laika that was the first canine to be sent to space, the story is told from different points of view, including that of the dog herself before she was chosen by the scientists.
8. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen (2006)
Made up of three different stories, it features the tales of Sun Wukong, Jin Wang, and Danny. Jin Wang and Danny’s cousin both experience the difficult transition of having to live in America.
9. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge (1929)
This acclaimed series introduces the Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who went on to experience fantastic adventures and meet different people along the way.
10. Clan Apis by Jay Hosler (2000)
Written by a biologist, it tells the story of the honey bee Nyuki in a five-volume comic series.
11. Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold (2015)
The Knight is about to leave for an adventure, but to her surprise, her precious Teddy is missing. She then went searching for it in the woods.
12. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (2000)
Published as a serial in a newspaper, this comic series introduces Jimmy Corrigan and his long-lost father whom he met for the first time in 36 years.