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Learning through Comics: Graphic Nonfiction for Kids and Teens

Over the past few years, graphic novels for children have become more popular as well as a more accepted form of reading. Children learn differently and some kids are more engaged in a visual manner. With this greater acceptance and demand of fiction graphic novels, there has been an emergence of graphic juvenile nonfiction. For those who are visual learners, there is now the opportunity to experience a myriad of subjects presented in comic form. Below is a list of recommended juvenile and young adult graphic nonfiction.

Series

Science Comics
A series of books that introduces readers to different science topics including dinosaurs, the brain and volcanoes. Search “science comics” on our catalog to get a list of all the titles we have available. For grades 4-6.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales
Based on the man who is considered America’s first spy, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales explores events and people in history including the Underground Railroad, WWI, and the Alamo. Grades 3-7.

Biographies

Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes
The story of Charlotte Bronte’s life as a young woman and how it shaped her writing. Grades 5-9.

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Whitney Gardner
A look into the early life of Justice Ginsburg and how she became a women’s rights icon. Grades 5-6.

March Trilogy
In the March trilogy, the late Congressman John Lewis recounts his experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South and how he became a lifelong civil rights activist and leader. Grades 8 and up.

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Actor George Takei tells the story of his time in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Grades 10-12.

Other Recommendations

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World
Grades 3-7.

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani
Grades 4-7.

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith
Grades 3-5.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
Grades 5-9.

- by Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor

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