When my middle school students come to the library each week, I like to pick their brains and see what they're actually reading for fun these days. It helps me keep up with what I need to have in the library collection and what I should be reading.
When I arrived at my humble little school library this year, there were no graphic novels to speak of in the collection. I decided that one of my goals as a first year librarian was to establish a graphic novel section focused at upper elementary & middle students.
They can't seem to get enough of them! Kids who never want to pick up a book jump at the graphic novel retelling of The Lightning Thief. One of my most popular offerings in the biography section is Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow.
Here's a sampling of other popular graphic novels at Carroll-Oakland's library:
- The Amelia Rules series by Jimmy Gownley
- The Bone series by Jeff Smith
- Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
- Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
- The Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm
- The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi