Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2023: Comics and Graphic Novels

October 30, 2023

Graphic Novels


64. Eerie Tales from the School of Screams by Graham Annable

Davis and Emily’s teacher asks her students to tell her the creepiest stories they know. Buckle up as you read through this array of scary, gross, and occasionally terrifying tales! Call Number: JGraphic Annab.G


65. A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

What happens when a group of middle schoolers are given free rein to explore Europe in 1989? Dan Santat takes a page out of his own life to tell this story of romance, uncertainty, and a LOT of Fanta. Call Number: JGraphic Santa.D


66. Global by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, ill. Giovanni Rigano

Two kids in two completely different countries do battle with nature. Sami’s fishing village is dealing with rising tides and less fish. Yuki is trying to help a grolar bear, but finds its hungry belly a threat. A book of environmental activism and our connected world. Call Number: JGraphic Colfe.E


67. Gnome and Rat by Lauren Stohler

Join best friends Gnome and Rat as they engage in small adventures that all involve hats in some way. Easy reading comics with a chapeau theme! Call Number: JGraphic Stohl.L


68. Grace Needs Space! by Benjamin A. Wilgus, ill. Rii Abrego

Grace cannot wait to space travel to Titan where her mom works hard on a ship. But things don’t go as planned when Mom won’t stop working. So Grace decides to choose her own adventure…with dangerous results. Call Number: JGraphic Wilgu.B


69. Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín

Meet Pedro, the seventh of nine kids, as he and his family take an epic trip to Mexico to fetch his Mexican Revolution-era Abuelito back to America. A hilarious graphic memoir full of raw milk, snotty Pop Rocks, family, and heart. Call Number: JGraphic Marti.P


70. Otis & Peanut by Naseem Hrab, ill. Kelly Collier

Meet Otis and Peanut, two best friends in three small adventures. From haircuts to swings to making a house feel like a home, they’re always there for one another. Call Number: JGraphic Hrab.N


71. Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang

When Feng-Li gets to go to Disneyland for the first time she’s thrilled! Then her parents reveal that America is their new home now AND mom and dad have to go back to Taiwan. How will she and her siblings survive without them? Call Number: JGraphic Tang.B


72. Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi, ill. Shazleen Khan

After a big argument, battling twins Zara and Zeeshan have their phones taken away while traveling to the Florida Keys with their parents. Soon they discover they must reconcile their differences and work together when a crisis arises. Call Number: JGraphic Faruq.S


73. Squire & Knight by Scott Chantler

A knight and squire are headed off to defeat a deadly dragon! But when the knight disappears it’s up to the squire to determine who the true culprit is, while solving a couple mysteries along the way. Call Number: JGraphic Chant.S


74. Super Pancake by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Peggy Pancake’s always been stuck in her perfect brother’s shadow, until the day that an accidental mixup grants her superhero abilities. Can Peggy harness her new powers and save all that is dear? Find out in: SUPER PANCAKE! Call Number: JGraphic Lloyd. M


75. Survival Scout: Lost in the Mountains by Maxwell Eaton III

Scout has ended up abandoned in the wilderness, all alone with a snarky skunk. What to do? Find out how to find shelter, make a fire, signal for help, and more with this fun and funny guide to survival. Call Number: JGraphic Eaton.M.


76. Things in the Basement by Ben Hatke, colors by Zack Giallongo

Dive, down, deep deep down, into the basement with Milo. He’s on a quest to get his baby sister’s sock, but what he finds instead is the adventure of a lifetime. Call Number: JGraphic Hatke.B


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