Graphic Novels -ALSC Core Collection for Grades 3-5
“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.
by Dav Pilkey. Scholastic/Blue Sky, 2010.
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Roaring Brook/First Second, 2009.
The Secret of the Unicorn by Hergé. Little, Brown, 1974.
Art Panels, BAM! Speech Bubbles, POW! Writing Your Own Graphic Novel by Trisha Speed Shaskan. illus. by Stephen Shaskan. Picture Window, 2011.
Bake Sale by Sara Varon. Roaring Book/First Second, 2011.
The Boxcar Children by Shannon Eric Denton. illus. by Mike Dubisch. Magic Wagon, 2009.
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman. illus. by Ross MacDonald. Knopf, 2008.
Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses how Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman came about.
Marc Tyler Nobleman talks about Bill Finger and Batman.
Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds. illus. by Neil Numberman. Holt, 2009. I
Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero by Charise Mericle Harper. Hyperion, 2008.
Hyperactive by Scott Christian Sava. illus. by Joseph Bergin III. IDW/Worthwhile, 2008.
Into the Volcano by Don Wood. Scholastic/Blue Sky, 2008.
A scholastic booktalk for Into the Volcano.
Take a peek inside Into the Volcano. Prepare yourself for some scary sounds.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf, 2009.
Magic Pickle by Scott Morse. Scholastic/Graphix, 2008.
Scott Morse teaches you how to draw characters from the Magic Pickle series.
A Scholastic booktalk for Magic Pickle.
Mal and Chad: The Biggest Bestest Time Ever by Stephen McCranie. Philomel, 2011.
The Smurfs opening takes me back to my childhood. All I need is a plate of fries with extra ketchup.
Babymouse: Queen of the World! By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random, 2005.
Jennifer was having a "Babymouse Day" when an irritable mouse popped into her head. She drew her on a napkin and gave it to Matt (which he lost).
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. Roaring Brook/First Second, 2007.
Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert. illus. by Joann Sfar. Roaring Brook/First Second, 2006.
Salt Water Taffy: The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny: The Legend of Old Salty by Matthew Loux. Oni Press, 2008.
Scratch 9: The Pet Project by Rob M. Worley. illus. by Jason T. Kruse. Ape Entertainment. 2010.
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner. Candlewick, 2007.
Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random, 2011.
The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. Scholastic/Graphix, 2008.
Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry by Josh Lewis. illus. by Douglas Holgate. Hyperion, 2010.
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Sienna Cherson Siegel. illus. by Mark Siegel. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2006.
The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier. Roaring Brook/First Second, 2010.
The Whole World's Crazy by Jimmy Gownley. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011.
Jimmy Gownley shares how he created Amelia.
Jimmy Gownley teaches you how to draw Amelia in her superhero clothes.
Jimmy Gownley shares some of his favorite books.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower and L. Frank Baum. illus. by Skottie Young. Marvel, 2009.
Zeus: King of the Gods by George O'Connor. First Second, 2010.