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Fourth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Fourth Grade

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Azzi in between by written and illustrated by Sarah Garland

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

The storm in the barn by Matt Phelan

The wonderful Wizard Of Oz by adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum ; writer, Eric Shanower ; artist, Skottie Young ; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu ; letterer, Jeff Eckleberry

Third Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Third Grade

Ariol. 2, Thunder horse by [writer,] Emmanuel Guibert ; [artist,] Marc Boutavant ; [Joe Johnson, translation ; Michael Petranek, lettering]

Beauty and the squat bears by Émile Bravo ; [translation, J. Gustave McBride]

Binky the space cat by Ashley Spires

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Sardine in outer space by stories by Emmanuel Guibert ; pictures by Joann Sfar ; color by Walter Pezzali ; translation by Sasha Watson

Second Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Second Grade

The adventures of Ook and Gluk: kung-fu cavemen from the future by Dav Pilkey

Backpack stories by Kevin O'Malley

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Mr. Men, Little Miss: Mr. Bump: lights, camera, bump! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Matthew Britton]

Pranks and attacks! by Laurent Richard ; illustrated by Nicolas Ryser ; translation: Edward Gauvin

First Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

First Grade

Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson ; illustrated by Bridget MacKeith ; colors by Jessica Fuchs

The woodshed mystery by adapted by Joeming Dunn ; illustrated by Ben Dunn ; [colored by Robby Bevard ; lettered by Joeming Dunn & Doug Dlin]

Eek & Ack: vs. the Wolfman by Blake A. Hoena ; illustrated by Steve Harpster

Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton III

Okie Dokie Donuts: "open for business!" by [Chris Eliopoulos]

Poetry Novels for Middle-Grade Readers

When thinking of books of poetry, most people think of Shel Silverstein, Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas, or nursery rhymes. But there's a wealth of other options. Here are some novel length books written in free verse, which is non-rhyming and does not have a regular meter or flow.
This is just a sampling, with more novels in verse available through our catalog.

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


Heartbeat by Sharon Creech


Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai


Looking for me by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Realistic Fiction Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Like reading about situations that could happen in real life? Here are some realistic fiction picks. Although they're suggested for sixth graders, other readers may enjoy them as well.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

Waiting for normal by Leslie Connor

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Biography Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Reading about real people can fun, exciting, and inspiring. Here are just a few of the people featured in our JBIO section. Recommendations might be interesting to more than just sixth graders!


The seventeenth child by Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

The many faces of George Washington: remaking a presidential icon by Carla Killough McClafferty

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert; with an introduction by TK

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

Everybody paints!: the lives and art of the Wyeth family by Susan Goldman Rubin

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone