Suggested Graphic Novels by Grade Level


Looking for a good read in a comic book style? Try checking out one of these graphic novels. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.


This collection of graphic novel adaptations of popular fables includes the tales of the hare and the tortoise, the boy who cried wolf, the town mouse and the country mouse, and the grasshopper and the ants.

Hello Kitty. Surprise! by Jacob Chabot

A day at the beach is more than than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more exciting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined.

The purr-fect crime by Jesse Leon McCann

Ace the Bat-hound and the Dog Star Patrol solve the mystery of Isis the cat and the orange kryptonite.

It's all-out war between Mer and Atlantis! At least that's what Mermin's father, King Merus, declares after Pete is taken by Atlanteans. And that's not all — Mermin will be fighting side-by-side with his father, so it's time for some intense training!

After Cecil the toad discovers that a new freeway project is aimed right at his pond, he and the other pond creatures resolve to stop the construction.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Kindergarten.

First Grade

This collection of one-page comic strips features Benjamin Bear, a very serious bear who has his own silly logic for doing things.

Dinosaurs in space by Pranas T. Naujokaitis

Three comic-style adventures feature a funny, friendly assortment of extraterrestrial dinosaurs.

Fish you were here by Colleen A. F. Venable

Guinea pig Sasspants knows something is wrong with ninth-grader Viola, the new pet shop assistant, so when Mr. Venezi goes missing, Sasspants and Hamisher put their private investigation skills to the test.

Little robot by Ben Hatke

When a girl finds a lost robot in the woods, they become fast friends, but they are in for an adventure when a much larger, menacing robot comes to retrieve the smaller bot.

When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for First Grade.

Second Grade

Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson

Alf's practical joke turns into a problem involving the police.

Comics Squad : lunch! by Cece Bell, Jeffrey Brown, et al.

Enjoy this collection of comics about every kid's favorite school subject: lunch!

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

March Hare wants to be the fastest race-car driver around, whether on the track, the streets, or in the desert, but his obsession with speed can also get him and his sisters, April and May, into trouble.

Hamster engages in various pursuits with the help of his patient, understanding animal friends.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Second Grade.

Third Grade

Apocalypse meow meow by James Proimos

Brownie, Apollo, and their ragtag group of strays are delighted when the rat shows them a nearby Twonkies factory that could provide a lifetime supply of food.  To reach the treats, however, Apollo will have to have a duel with the very large, very sophisticated "cat" that guards the factory.

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capitol completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances!

Follow the adventures of the famous superhero team, such as in "Head to Head" where the Avengers find their minds trapped in each other's bodies.

In his last year at the Jedi Academy, Roan is learning to fly starships, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down vorpak clones, but now, someone is setting him up for trouble that just may get him kicked out of school.

Take cover! A younger brother is on the loose with a quick tongue and sticky fingers. When Bud isn't busy stealing cupcakes from his sister, he's bringing home snakes and leaving dirty socks in the toilet. But big sisters are no picnic either...

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Third Grade.

Fourth Grade

For over 100 years, the animal races of the Four Kingdoms have lived side-by-side in uneasy truce. But when conflict ignites in the north, old alliances threaten to send the world into chaos. Experience the beginnings of an epic all-ages fantasy in this first collected volume!.

Hyperactive by Scott Christian Sava

Joey's metabolism inexplicably causes him to become the fastest person in the world, but his new talents attract the attention of Seymour Haliburton, the president of Burnz and Itchez Pharmaceuticals, who wants to use Joey's DNA for military purposes.

Locked in a tower with her sisters and tired of waiting to be rescued by a prince, Princess Adrienne, her sidekick Bedelia, and her guardian dragon Sparky begin a quest to save themselves.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

In this graphic novel adventure, a girl discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Fourth Grade.

Fifth Grade

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

Ghostbusters : get real by Eric Burnham

When a confrontation with the vengeful elder god Proteus goes awry, Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon will meet...The Real Ghostbusters! But even the combined might of eight 'Busters may not be enough to stop Proteus from getting his revenge!

Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.

Space dumplins by Craig Thompson

Violet Marlocke sets out with a group of misfit friends on an outer space mission to save her father who has gone missing during a hazardous job, leading them all into an adventure filled with aliens and spaceships.

Sunny side up by Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny Lewin is sent to live with her grandfather for the summer in Florida, where she befriends Buzz, a boy completely obsessed with comic books, and faces the secret behind why she is in Florida in the first place.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Fifth Grade.

Sixth Grade

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again.

In this graphic account of the events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the city of New Orleans and its people, both the selflessness, heroism, and courage, as well as the incompetence, racism, and criminality of this tragic event are highlighted.

In this volume of the Olympians series, the spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power?

Pix : one weirdest weekend by Gregg Schigiel

Emaline Pixley, who prefers to be called Pix, believes her biological father must have been the king of the fairies, as she can fly and has other superpowers.  After a television interview goes wrong, she faces a dragon and other surprises.

Stuck with doing most of her father's work, Decomposia struggles to keep up with her responsibilities to her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, until charming chef Count Spatula steps in to help.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Graphic Novels for Sixth Grade.