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Bookshop's Favorite Graphic Novels for Kids

Whether your kid is a reluctant or a voracious reader, graphic novels are a perfect fit! Get ready for a visual feast with this collection of Bookshop Santa Cruz's favorite graphic novels for kids. They feature stunning artwork and engaging stories that will keep kids entertained for hours. From superheroes to everyday heroes, these graphic novels feature a diverse range of characters and themes that kids can relate to. These are a great way to introduce your child to the exciting world of graphic novels!

Tater Tales: The Greatest in the World!, Book 1 by Ben Clanton

From the creator of Narwhal and Jelly, this new graphic novel series brings the potato puns and tater schtick to keep you in peals of laughter. A great match for families trying to bring some levity to sibling rivalry, this tale about spud siblings will remind the small fries in your home that a dash of silliness makes for better ways and happier days. 
—JENNY

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The Greatest in the World! (Tater Tales #1) By Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534493186
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

Frizzy Written by Claribel A. Ortega

Frizzy is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel for anyone who has ever had to justify their own appearance. I instantly connected with Marlene’s challenge in trying to be herself amidst a whirlwind of adults, peers, and family members pressuring her to conform. I reveled in all of her successes as she learned to stand up for herself, and I couldn’t put the book down until I knew she’d be okay.

—YVES

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Frizzy By Claribel A. Ortega, Rose Bousamra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Claribel A. Ortega, Rose Bousamra (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250259639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - October 18th, 2022

Crabgrass: Comic Adventures by Tauhid Bondia

Tauhid Bondia’s Kevin and Miles spring to life with hijinks that are sometimes a four-panel joke, sometimes famed exploits. The adventures of these two kids involve school and family, imagined and real-life (mild) danger, and the bonds of friendship, which are tested but never broken. Bondia draws and writes in the tradition of Foxtrot and Calvin and Hobbes, building stories you can read for just a minute or for hours. Great for any kid looking for something fast, fun, and real.

—JOCELYN

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Crabgrass: Comic Adventures By Tauhid Bondia Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524875558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 27th, 2022

D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call, Book 1 Written by Molly Knox Ostertag, Illustrated Xanthe Bouma

Calling all nerds and storytellers! This fun new graphic novel series follows a party of teen D&D players through tabletop and real-life adventures. Xanthe Bouma’s vivid, awesome art propels you through Molly Knox Ostertag’s all-too-relatable story exploring friendship, fear, and why it can be so hard to be your authentic self in real life. I dare you to not love these characters, flaws and all. I know I am already (im)patiently waiting for the next book! 
—JOCELYN

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Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Club: Roll Call By Molly Knox Ostertag, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Molly Knox Ostertag, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063039247
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: HarperAlley - November 29th, 2022

Bunnicula: The Graphic Novel Written by James Howe & Andrew Donkin

Parents rejoice! Our beloved cat and dog detective duo are back, this time fully illustrated. Bunnicula was one of my favorites as a child, a little spooky but mostly silly. Donkin and Gilpin do a great job adapting this 1979 classic and breathing new life into a series that stands the test of time. Amazing for any child who loves to live on the creepy side of life, even those with a low scare tolerance! —MJ

 

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Bunnicula: The Graphic Novel (Bunnicula and Friends) By James Howe, Andrew Donkin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534421622
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Mamo by Sas Milledge

After the death of her grandmother Mamo, the young witch Orla O’Reilly returns to her small hometown. There Orla is faced with more challenges than she expected. In order to quiet the spirit of her grandmother, Orla must figure out what happened to Mamo’s mislaid bones. Sas Milledge’s debut novel is something I’ve been looking forward to for years, ever since this graphic novel was in a very early stage and being uploaded onto Tumblr! 

—Andrea C.

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Mamo By Sas Milledge Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684158171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BOOM! Box - April 19th, 2022

Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang

12-year-old Nana (NAH-na) travels to visit family in Ghana for the first time and discovers the power within stories and how to live in her truth, even when those around her believe her to be a fibber. My daughter (age 9) loved this because she learned about Ananse—the trickster spider from African folklore—who she found to be funny and helpful. For middle grade readers who enjoy myths, legends, and learning about a culture from a new perspective.  

—Kristina

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Fibbed By Elizabeth Agyemang Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593204900
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Razorbill - June 7th, 2022

Sir Ladybug, Book 1 by Corey R Tabor

Sir Ladybug is the most valiant knight to have ever lived. At least, that’s what his closest roly poly friend, Pell, proclaims to anyone who will listen. The truth of this is put to the test when a caterpillar is threatened by a MONSTER (a ravenous chickadee). My eyes were shiny and full of hearts (picture an anime character!) while reading this witty tale. Perfect for beginning graphic novel readers and fans of adorable bug drawings. 

—Ivy

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Sir Ladybug By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063069060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 29th, 2022

Between Shades of Grey: The Graphic Novel written by Ruta Sepetys, adapted by Andrew Donkin

How do people survive living under a fascist government? This beautiful graphic version of Ruth Septys’ historical novel is based on interviews with Lithuanian people who actually survived their teen years under Stalinist repression. The drawings bring to life 15-year-old Lina’s experience of fear, loss, and survival. Young readers of other popular historically based graphic novels (White Bird, When Stars Are Scattered) will love this story.—Noreen

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Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel By Ruta Sepetys, Andrew Donkin (Adapted by), Dave Kopka (Illustrator), Brann Livesay (With), Chris Dickey (With) Cover Image
By Ruta Sepetys, Andrew Donkin (Adapted by), Dave Kopka (Illustrator), Brann Livesay (With), Chris Dickey (With)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593404850
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 12th, 2021

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

Huda Fahmy's sense of humor is undeniable, and her story is undeniably relatable. Fahmy as Huda F carefully explores not just the prejudice she faced in high school as a Muslim, but her pride and joy in her faith. At the same time, with friendly illustration and introspective narration, she explores a universal story of a teen looking for friends, connection, identity, and belief in oneself. I smiled through this story, feeling I met a new friend myself.—Jocelyn

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Huda F Are You? By Huda Fahmy, Huda Fahmy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Huda Fahmy, Huda Fahmy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593324318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - November 23rd, 2021

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