Graphic Novels for Early Readers

Have a reluctant reader at home? This doesn’t have to be the case. In over ten years of experience as a reading teacher, I have found that part of the problem with kids who don’t like to read is simply because they haven’t found a great book that speaks to them—yet.

My biggest suggestion to worried parents? Introduce your child to graphic novels. Since the genre is so different than many of the books they have previous experience with, they are eager to try something new and exciting. And for kids who get nervous about sounding out words and reading correctly, graphic novels are perfect for them because of the emphasis on the pictures. After all, reading images is a VERY important reading skill. Trust me on this one–I’m a Reading Specialist!  Here are my recommendations of graphic novels for early readers:

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Dogman–Dav Pilkey

Kids love “Captain Underpants?” Then they will love reading the comic that George and Harold created in their treehouse.

Comic Squad: Recess—Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jarrett Kroscoczka

This collection of hilarious stories about recess includes writings from the funniest writers of graphic novels.

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde—Frank Cammuso

Join Salem the witch when she goes to her first birthday party…and laugh at the chaos that ensues!

Tippy and the Night Parade—Lilli Carre

Tippy wakes up to some crazy happenings after falling asleep. Read about her fun nocturnal journey!

Hilda and the Black Hound—Luke Pearson

Follow Hilda and her dog Twig on many different adventures—spooky, funny, exciting—and everything in between!


Be sure to check out our traditional book picks as well!

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My kids don’t have any of those. They are into Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate books.

  2. Leanne | The Transplanted Southerner says

    Thank you for sharing this. Graphic novels often don’t get the attention they deserve. They can be extremely helpful to the child who has dyslexia as the pictures can help give them clues to what is happening in the story, and the text isn’t overwhelming. You can even find many “regular books” made into graphic novels now.

    • amandasimkin says

      I always like when more traditional books are moderated to be more dependent upon the pictures, but I always wonder if that takes away from the original author’s intent. Either way, I’m just happy to do whatever I can to make my reluctant readers fall in love with reading and feel good about it.

  3. michele d says

    My son would love something like this. He currently reads books with comics characters in them so this would be great thanks!

  4. Rosey says

    I think I’d like to read about Hilda and her dog Twig. My little doggie and I were best buds when I was growing up. 🙂

  5. Angelic Sinova says

    How fun! I loved graphic novels (still do) when I was younger but I usually read the ones for older kids. I love that there are more graphic novels suited for young kids out nowadays <3

  6. Tonya C says

    I was just asking my daughter if she had any new books she wanted. I usually give my kids books in their Easter baskets. Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Tami says

    My oldest kiddo loves graphic novels. He doesn’t read as much as he used to but when he does, this is his choice. I”ll have to add these books to my wishlist for my younger kiddos.

  8. Rebecca Swenor says

    These sound like awesome choices for books for kids indeed. The Black Hound sounds like it would be great for my little great nephew and would make a great Easter gift in his basket. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cassie says

    A great selection of graphic novels for younger readers! This is one medium that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I think I’m going to look into a few of these for my niece.

  10. CourtneyLynne says

    These sound like some great books for older kiddos. My princess just turned 3 so we are still in the cardboard hard book stage lol

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