Graphic Novels -ALSC Core Collection for Grades K-2

Let's give the Association for Library Service to Children three claps and a whoosh for creating the Children's Graphic Novel Core Collection. According to the press release:

This core list will guide librarians in selecting the best graphic novels to meet children’s needs,” said Mary Fellows, board president. “Graphic novels are wildly popular with kids, positively impact children’s visual literacy skill development and are an essential part of 21st century library collections.
Most of the books featured on the list are loved in my school library and have been featured on this blog. I compiled book trailers, videos, and resources for the books recommended for grades K-2. In a later post I will share resources for grades 3-8. Happy watching!


The Adventures of Polo by Régis Faller. Roaring Brook, 2006. has downloads, animated images, and all things Polo.

Airplane Adventure by Cari Meister. illus. by Marilyn Janovitz. Stone Arch, 2010.

Does Airplane Adventure correlate with your state standards? You bet.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes. TOON, 2009.

Read Benny and Penny online in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Russian.

Download Benny and Penny popsicle puppets.

Visit Benny and Penny's blog.

Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires. Kids Can, 2010.

Learn how to draw Binky in 6 easy steps.

Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates by Kevin O'Malley and Patrick O'Brien. illus. by Patrick O'Brien. Walker, 2007.

Take a peek inside.

A video from one of Kevin O'Malley's school visits.

A Day at the Fire Station by Lori Mortensen. illus. by Jeffrey Thompson. Capstone, 2011.

Hamster and Cheese by Colleen Venable. illus. by Stephanie Yue. Lerner/Graphic Universe, 2010.

Colleen Venable answers five questions about comics and her books.

Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World! by James Kochalka. Top Shelf Productions, 2008.

A one-minute review of Johnny Boo.

Korgi: Book 1 by Christian Slade. Top Shelf Productions, 2007.

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith. TOON, 2009.

Little Mouse Gets Ready is available for free in the iTunes store.

Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss. TOON, 2009.

Create your own Luke on the Loose adventure using the Cartoon Maker.

Download a Luke on the Loose lesson plan.

Visit Professor Garfield to read Luke on the Loose.

The Meeting by Brigitte Luciani. illus. by Eve Tharlet. Lerner/Graphic Universe, 2010.

Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch. illus. by Frank Cammuso. TOON, 2008.

Build your own Otto cartoon.

Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton. Top Shelf Productions, 2004.

Andy Runton teaches you how to draw Owly.

I took Owly and Frankie Pickle on an EPIC road trip.

"Owly is a kind and gentle owl." -Andy Runton

View sample pages from Patrick in a Teddy Bear Picnic and Other Stories.

You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman. illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. Dial, 2002.

Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser discuss the first book they created together.
Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors by Ethan Long. Blue Apple, 2010.

Visit Ethan Long's website to learn about his books and where he gets his ideas.

Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnès Rosenstiehl. TOON, 2008.

Silly Lilly is free for the iPhone and iPad.

Create your own Silly Lilly adventure.

Read Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons in English, French, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.


  1. Thanks for the great post. I just ordered a lot of these books:)

  2. Thanks Mr. Schu!
    kevin O'Malley


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