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Styling Librarian: Book Recommendations for Graphic Novel fans needing to explore other books

I noticed this year at my school, I have a huge contingent of graphic novel fans. I love graphic novels. I’ve posted about my favorites numerous times on this blog… I enjoy reading them personally in addition to recommending favorite authors to students. It is always exciting to see students reread and celebrate their favorite book! Unfortunately, some students have a difficult time moving beyond the graphic novel to novels. I thought about recommending for books for my students who read Smile and Drama by Raina Telgemeier 20 times each but haven’t moved on, I tried to reflect on books that had realistic fiction, suspense, romance, dramatic flair, and other elements that connected with the fantastic novels…

Here is the list of authors that popped up to the top of my mind:

Anything by Wendy Mass – Especially 11 Birthdays

Anything by Lisa Yee – Especially Warp Speed

Anything by Ann M. Martin – I adore The Doll People

Almost anything by Jacqueline Wilson – Queenie is quite popular at our library.

Anything by Hilary McKay – Casson series, my favorite is Saffy’s Angel

Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick – lovely books!

Emily Windsnap series Liz Kessler – Start at the beginning and enjoy the adventure!

Brian Selznick’s Books- both The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonder Struck.

Any of my favorite books on this list:

A few others could be: Cathy CassidyShine on Daizy Star

Lois Lowry: Anastasia Series

Meg Cabot: Allie FinklePrincess Diaries

Also, I have students who have read and reread the Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett Krososcka, Squish Series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman, and Amulet by Kazu Kibushi… These are fantastic and barely scratch the surface of the graphic novels that my students borrow so often that I barely ever see them on the shelves in the library. I’ve thought about books I’d recommend to them in case they need to move to novels, early chapter books, and meet different genre reading expectations…
Here are the books/authors that instantly popped into my mind: I thought about authors to lead these readers towards…a mixed selection of: adventure, fantasy, suspense, humor…

The Land of Elyon Series by Patrick Carman

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Captain Fact series by Knife & Packer

Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey

Zac Power by H.I. Larry

Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The 39 Clues Series by multiple authors, published by Scholastic.

There are many more books, but these are some that rose to the top. Here is a link with other book recommendations:

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5 comments on “Styling Librarian: Book Recommendations for Graphic Novel fans needing to explore other books

  1. lenorelook
    June 28, 2013

    Thanks so much for including Alvin!!! I just finished the next Alvin book (the one I was researching when I came to Bradbury) this afternoon. Woohoo! Coming in 2014! xxoo

    • The Styling Librarian
      June 28, 2013

      Congratulations! Glad you buckled down and FINISHED!! Now… next project!! 🙂 (And of course I included Alvin, he gets some of my reluctant readers READING!!)

  2. Meg Miranda
    June 28, 2013

    I personally am not fond of graphic books – I can’t seem to rap my head around the text and the illustrations at the same time even though I loved comic books as a youngster. However, my son (now 28) only became an “independent” reader (i.e. reading for pleasure, non-assigned) when he was a senior in high school. He reads both the classics (many of which I have not read including Moby Dick) and graphic novels.
    But I have a number of students who will read any thing graphic. Thank heavens for good review links!

    • The Styling Librarian
      June 28, 2013

      For some reason, most graphic novels and I get along… some throw me off a little, but overall I really enjoy them. YES book review links are magnificent. 🙂

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