Children’s Graphic Novels

Comic Book Day is this Saturday!  Here are some wonderful children’s Graphic Novels to get you into the comic spirit.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishiamulet.jpg

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of their deceased great-grandfather. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Emily and Navin follow their mom and end up in another world inhabited by demons, robots, talking animals — and their great-grandfather, Silas! They discover that Silas was once a Stonekeeper and that Emily is the new chosen Stonekeeper — but can she overcome the Stonekeeper’s Curse and save this new world?

Avatar: The Last Airbender by Gene Luen Yang, Faith Hicks, Micheal DiMartino, et al

This graphic novel series is a spin off of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series by the same name that continues Aang’s story after the Hundred Years War, as well as Zuko, his family, and the fate of the Fire Nation colonies. Zuko becomes friends with Aang and company, searches for his long lost mother, and makes peace with the Earth Nation — and must figure out what will become of Fire Nation people who were raised in colonized Earth Nation lands.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Penelope “Peppi” Torres makes rules for herself at her new middle school that she has trouble following. Cardinal rule #1: “Don’t get noticed by the mean kids” — that doesn’t happen when she trips in the hallway on her first day! To make matters worse, a sweet, kind boy, Jaime Thompson, helps her pick up her stuff and the mean kids yell, “Nerder founder a new girlfriend!” In a panic, Peppi pushes Jaime and runs away. Will she ever work up the courage to apologize??? Cardinal rule #2: “Seek out groups with similar interests and join them” works out at first when Peppi joins Art Club and makes friends, but Peppi soon learns that when she’s outside of her circle, she’s on her own. Will Peppi be able to make friends with Jaime, and peace between the Art and Science Clubs? Sometimes you have to break the rules and make new ones to survive middle school.

Grumpy Cat by Ben McCool, Christy Webster, Frank Berrios, et algrumpy cat.jpg

The internet sensation Grumpy Cat — based on a real cat with a really grumpy face — is now the character of children’s picture books and graphic novels. His cheerful brother Pokey isn’t bothered by Grumpy Cat’s “the glass is empty because I knocked it down” point of view — Pokey can find positivity everywhere, much to the chagrin of Grumpy Cat.

Gudetama by Sanrio

Not all Sanrio characters are cheery! In Japanese, when you’re lazy, you are referred to as gude gude. And that’s where Gudetama gets his name (tama is from “tamago,” egg in Japanese): Gudetama is the lazy egg with eggsistential comments. While not properly a graphic novel, the Livingston Public Library keeps books on this humorous character in the graphic novel section.  

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

This “choose your own adventure” style graphic novel has 3,856 story possibilities! The first choice seems simple enough: “chocolate” or “vanilla”, but depending on your choice you could end up meeting a scientist in a creepy laboratory who gives you the choices between three a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000. Will you live? Will you be cloned? Will you ride a giant squid? Will you travel to utopia in another dimension? It all depends on the choices you make!

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka Das and her mother are struggling to understand each other. For one Priyanka doesn’t understand why her mom is so scared by her driving; Priyanka’s mom always told her the story about Shakti becoming the ocean and how one can choose to be calm, so why isn’t her mom channeling that story right now? Priyanka has so many more questions too: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? Why does her mom refuse to let her visit India? Then Priyanka finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase that transports her to a colorful, welcoming India where all her questions are answered — except the question of who or what is that mysterious ghost following her around.

Understanding China Through Comics by Jing Liuchina

If your kids enjoy Nathan Hale’s Tales, this is fun, non-fiction historical graphic novel series. As the name implies, this 4-volume series is an introduction of China’s great dynasties, upheavals, population movements, and political alliances and rivalries from ancient times up to the modern age.

Yotsuba&! By Kiyohiko Azuma

From the creator of Azumanga Daoih comes Yotsuba&!, a laugh-out-loud manga series for all ages. Yotsuba&! centers on a bright-eyed five-year-old girl named Yotsuba who is inquisitive, cheerful, naïve, and bounding with energy. Yotsuba brings excitement (and occasionally embarrassment) to the lives of her single father, Koiwai; the neighboring Ayase family; her father’s best friend, Jumbo; and others. The humor and appeal to all ages in this 14-volume series comes from multiple — often conflicting — character perspectives.

-Anna Coats, Head of Youth Services 

Y.A. Graphic Novels

The Livingston Library has so many Y.A. Graphic Novels to choose from.  Here are some library curated suggestions to get you ready for Comic Book Day on May 4.  the best we coulddo

This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens – just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy – is caught up in something bad… Something life threatening.


Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Batman Hush

Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Gotham City tonight!



“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.


When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Captain Marvel

Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy!

American Born Chinese

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey.

Battle Angel Alitaalita

In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?

Black Panther

When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt—but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!

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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin, the six-year-old dirty tricksmeister and master of indignation and his warm, cuddly philosopher sidekick and Hobbes, a tiger whose idea of adventure is to lie on his back by the fire and have his stomach rubbed.

-Joseph Emery, Adult Services Librarian