Comics your Kids should Read (and you should too!)

To say that Comics are a gateway reading to ‘real’ books or that they are a way to ‘trick’ your small people into reading is to demean their true worth. Comics are a bone fide artform in their own right, reading comics and decoding images and text stimulates the brain more than reading text alone.

This is a *small* selection of comics that are recommended for all ages. This list will evolve and grow over time.

Hilda by Luke Pearson

The series is an ode to adventure, fun, friendship, exploring, family and learning. The artwork is beautiful, the stories epic in scope yet focusing on humanity and growth. There is also a beautiful Netflix adaptation and a some novelizations (that I have not yet read, but they do seem to have fans).

The Phoenix Comic

Weekly subscription comic for readers aged 7 – 14 (& beyond) – many of the strips are also collected as graphic novels. A range of authors and artists work on this beautiful comic.

Hilo by Judd Winick

A robot boy from another dimension falls to Earth, makes friends and fights evil while trying to discover where he came from and why?

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

An achingly beautiful graphic novel about a young girl, her imagination, school, friendship, belonging and a spiral into terror with phantasms coming to life to steal her away for her creative spirit.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano

No punches are pulled in this gripping child’s-eye view of the refugee crisis. From Ghana to Tripoli and the perilous journey across the sea to safety in Europe.

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick & Thomas Taylor

High adventure and monster hunting collide in this epic tale of an orphan (& her loyal butler) who wants nothing more than follow in her parent’s footsteps and become a monster hunter.

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes

A graphic novel series for computer nerds, you can learn coding while reading this fantastic series or just read and enjoy the story – no pressure!

Akissi by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin

Join Akissi and friends as they get up to all sorts of antics around their town in the Ivory coast. A funny, heartfelt and a very real look into the lives of children!

Full Tilt Boogie by Alex de Campi & Eduardo Ocaña

A high-octane, edge of your seats space opera featuring galactic empires, errant princes and a multi-generational bounty-hunting team in the middle of an intergalactic war.

By Matt Imrie on January 24, 2022 · Posted in comics, Recommended by a Librarian

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