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Some Favorite Graphic Novels to Add to Your Middle School Collection

If you follow me on any social media platform, you hopefully know how much I love to share amazing book titles. For many years now, I have used this blog and other places to give recommendations, create book sets and lists and just in general share the love for all of the amazing books that … Continued

If you follow me on any social media platform, you hopefully know how much I love to share amazing book titles. For many years now, I have used this blog and other places to give recommendations, create book sets and lists and just in general share the love for all of the amazing books that are out there in the world. Doing this means that a lot of other educators ask me to share ideas for when they are filling their own classroom collections. This week, I was asked to share some of our favorite graphic novels for middle school, a format of books that my students and I love to read and thus have a lot of, so here you are. This list is by no means all of them, there are too many to share, but instead a snapshot of some of the most popular titles being read.

Some of the titles shared here are more mature reads for my 7th graders so as always read the books that you wonder about before placing them in your collection. Many of the ones shown here are books in a series and I would recommend the whole series.

Amazon.com: They Called Us Enemy (9781603094504): Takei, George, Eisinger,  Justin, Scott, Steven, Becker, Harmony: Books
Real Friends (Friends, 1): Hale, Shannon, Pham, LeUyen: 9781626727854:  Amazon.com: Books
Science Comics: The Digestive System: A Tour Through Your Guts: Viola,  Jason, Ristaino, Andy: 9781250204059: Amazon.com: Books
Displacement | Kiku Hughes | Macmillan
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel: Middaugh, Dallas, DuPrau, Jeanne,  Asker, Niklas: 9780375867934: Amazon.com: Books

 

 

The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series): Alexander, Kwame,  Anyabwile, Dawud: 9781328960016: Amazon.com: Books

 

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds, Danica Novgorodoff,  Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®
Amazon.com: Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) (9780545902489):  Krosoczka, Jarrett J.: Books
Amazon.com: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (9781584302674): G.  Neri, Randy Duburke: Books
I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novels):  Tarshis, Lauren, Haus Studio: 9781338120912: Amazon.com: Books
Super Indian Volume One: Arigon Starr, Janet Miner, Arigon Starr:  9789870985952: Amazon.com: Books
Amazon.com: The Pact (Volume 4) (7 Generations) (9781553792307): Robertson,  David A., Henderson, Scott B.: Books
David A. Robertson | CBC Books
David A. Robertson | CBC Books
Amazon.com: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel Series) eBook: Wilson,  G. Willow, Pichelli, Sara, Alphona, Adrian: Kindle Store
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo, Paperback | Barnes &  Noble®
March: Book One: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell: 9781603093002:  Amazon.com: Books

 

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Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth: Winick, Judd: 9780385386173:  Amazon.com: Books
Amazon.com: Last Pick (9781626728905): Walz, Jason: Books
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Witches of Brooklyn: Escabasse, Sophie: 9780593119273: Amazon.com: Books
Babymouse #19: Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm:  9780307931627 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
The Witch Boy: Ostertag, Molly Knox: 9781338089516: Amazon.com: Books
Green Lantern: Legacy: Le, Minh, Tong, Andie: 9781401283551: Amazon.com:  Books
Amazon.com: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1  (Ultimate Spider-Man (Graphic Novels)) (9780785197782): Bendis, Brian  Michael, Pichelli, Sara, Samnee, Chris, Marquez, David: Books
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) (1): Kibuishi, Kazu, Kibuishi, Kazu:  0000439846811: Amazon.com: Books

 

For ease, I have also gathered a shopping list on Bookshop.org – a great website that funnels its orders through independent bookstores.

I hope you discovered some new or not so new graphic novels to add to your collection because remember, graphic novels are indeed real books and should be given the same respect as other books. And while I will gladly offer up suggestions for more, and will continue to share daily recommendations on Instagram, I will also give a few more tips…

  1. Always ask your students what books they wish you had. I have gaps in my classroom collection that I am not aware of because it is not a genre I prefer to read, thus asking my students helps me create a collection of books they would love to read helps me create better reading experiences for all of them.
  2. Read your own library collection. I can speak books with my students because I read a lot of the same books. I am continually in awe over the incredible books created in the world.
  3. Know and use resources that post critical reviews of childrens’ books. I am eternally grateful for the hard work of so many such as the staff at the CCBC, the people who run Latinx in Kidlit, or The Brown Book Shelf, or those who run We Need Diverse Books, and the amazing creators behind American Indians in Children’s Literature to name just a few.

I am excited to be heading out on the road again to be with other educators in-district or at conferences, while continuing my virtual consulting and speaking as well. If you would like me to be a part of your professional development, please reach out. I am here to help.

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