Graphic Novels for Beginning Readers

Kids love graphic novels! They are visually appealing, fun to look at, and action-packed.

New readers might not be quite ready to take on a full-length comic book, but there are plenty of books in graphic format for them to enjoy. Here are five examples, with links to DCPL's catalog.

adopt a glurb cover Adopt a Glurb
by Elise Gravel
Want an unusual pet? Bring home a glurb. Glurbs are smelly, and they might bite, but they’re great at sports, and some of them even know how to read! Just make sure you never leave your glurb alone, and make sure you have lots of goo on hand for him to play with.
benny and penny in the big no-no cover Benny and Penny in the Big No-No
by Geoffrey Hayes
Benny and Penny aren’t supposed to sneak into their next door neighbor’s yard, but they are so curious about the new neighbor, they can’t help themselves. What they find on the other side of the fence is either a scary monster ... or a brand-new friend.
silly lilly cover Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today?
by Agnes Rosenthiel
There are seven days in a week, and Lilly will be something different on each day. On Monday, Lilly is a cook. On Tuesday, she’s a city planner. By the end of the week, Lilly is worn out and ready for a special treat.
nina in that makes me mad cover Nina in That Makes Me Mad!
by Hilary Knight, based on a text by Steven Kroll
Nina is mad! Why? Well, sometimes she has to wait, and sometimes she’s not allowed to help, and sometimes she gets blamed for things that aren’t her fault. It’s a good thing Nina can talk about her anger - because that's the only thing that makes her feel better!
trip to the bottom of  the world cover A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
by Frank Viva
A man and his mouse sail to Antarctica. Mouse is learning an awful lot about the animals and climate in Antarctica, but all he really wants to know is when it’s time to go home.