Let's continue taking a look at some awesome graphic novels and picture books for kids, this time focusing on ages 7 to 10. You can take a look at my recommendations for ages 4 to 7 here. Or click on the graphic above to see the entire list, for all ages, on Pinterest. (Don't worry, you don't have to have an account!)
AGES 6/7 TO 10ISH
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo: Currently a series of three books. Kate DiCamillo is possibly the most talented author currently writing for kids. (I know, that's very opinionated.) This is an award winning, quirky series about friendship.
Binky the Space Cat (A Binky Adventure) by Ashley Spires: Bad Kitty with an attitude. These are droll and very, very funny. Cat humor always works well in graphic format.
The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi: Consistently one of the most popular graphic series at my kids' school library.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Super-fun, superhero fantasy that takes place in school. Nothing like imaging the grown-ups you spend five days a week with as preservers of world safety.
Comics Squad: Recess! Compilation of well-known graphic novel characters, complemented with the introduction of some new ones. Brand new this last summer.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke: An awesome superhero series for girls.
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo: Last year's Newbery Award Winner! I mentioned that Kate DiCamillo is amazing. And this one bends genres ... a little bit of graphic, a little bit of illustrated novel.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel: Hilarious fun! And I love how Bruel has published both picture and chapter books featuring his protagonist, Bad Kitty.
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci: Beautiful story about friendship and appreciating differences. This is one of my 9 year old's favorite graphics.
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer Holm: Sweet, fun graphic series targeted at elementary girls.
The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: The Show Must Go On by Ruth McNally Barshaw: Elementary school adventures, with a female protagonist in diary format.
Squish #2: Brave New Pond by Jennifer L. Holm: Fun series featuring microscopic organisms in battles against evil. Seriously.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey: The mac daddy of all graphic novel series. Kids LOVE these! And their consistently on the top of banned books lists due to lots of potty humor. On principle alone, you should buy one!
AGES 8 AND UP
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel: An award-winning story of struggle and triumph in the name of a dream. I think my 8 year old read this no less than a hundred times.
El Deafo by Cece Bell: Brand new in August 2014! Combines the graphic format with a tale about an other-abled kid.
Big Nate: I Can't Take It! by Lincoln Peirce: Easier reading level than Wimpy Kid. Series of multiple novels and cartoon compilations.
Kate the Great, Except When She's Not by Suzy Becker: Brand new in August 2014 and perfect for girl fans of Wimpy Kid!
Knights of the Lunch Table: No. 1 (The Dodgeball Chronicles) by Frank Cammuso: Middle school social issues on a lower reading level than Wimpy Kid.
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists by Various Authors: I adore folklore and graphic novels, and this is the perfect combo!
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon: Multiple starred reviews for this simple, yet profound story of relationship.
Next post: Ages 10 and up!