Graphic Novel Booklist

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Great Graphic Novels...

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share a great list of graphic novels to enjoy with the young readers in our lives.

We adore picture books in our home and believe that you can never have too many! Recently we have become interested in a new genre—the graphic novel.  My son loves the fact that there is a chronological tale told though visual images and that the text that accompanies is fast yet detailed and often tells just snippets of the tale.  You really must use the visual cues to also gain an in-depth understanding of the story.

Here are three different graphic novel series worth exploring…

Tintin has become a firm favorite and we have gathered a collection from our local library to explore.

I do believe however that this series might need to go on the birthday list as he has spend hours pouring over each edition, each time finding new and interesting components which relate to other editions.  The more you explore the more there is to find.

There are also three in one compact editions, which look delightful and perfect for a family traveling.

For those littles who then fall in love with Tintin there is a website dedicated to information about the characters, stories and behind the scene information such as how to draw tin tin yourself!


If your budding readers decide to try their hand at writing graphic novels, be sure to check out our comic strip templates.


Do you have any graphic novels that you like to share with your children?


Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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  1. My son is a new reader and he LOVES comics. We also read TinTin, Asterix (French comic translated) and any of the Toon Books we can find (he can read those–they are leveled readers for comic book lovers. we love the Benny & Penny series . Another great comic series that I’ve found that is science-related are the Max Axiom Super Scientist books, all from different authors.
    I’ve noticed that they even are starting to have classics in comic form, and just last week at the library I saw a Boxcar Children book in comic form!
    Sarah M

  2. My husband is from Europe so he grew up with Tintin and Rupert comics. Our children adore them and l like that the Rupert books use poetry to tell the story and Tintin travels all over the world solving mysteries! Over several birthdays and holidays we now have the complete set of Tintin books including some of Herge’s other stories about Jo, Zette, and Jocko.
    I’m not familiar with Moomin but I will definitely check it out! Is it by an Australian author?
    My kids have reached an age (9 and 11) where a ot of the books that come home from the library are modern graphic novels which I have mixed feelings about. They are avid readers so I would prefer that they chose more books that “enrich” their lives through poetry, culture, travel, science or history rather than a book about a cartoon character using slang and arguing with their siblings. I suppose they both have their place but I was happy that the “graphic novels” that you suggested were Tintin and Rupert. Great post, I’m interested to know how others feel about the modern day graphic novels?

  3. My students love the Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. It’s inspired a few of them to write their own graphic novels. Another popular series (with me, too) is Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, which actually features events from American history rather than fictional events. They’re a big hit with boys!

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